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So while everyone's been talking about #Apollo 50, I've been thinking of a more recent event. Tomorrow's the 25th anniversary of #ShoemakerLevy9's impact with Jupiter.
This was humanity's first close look at the effects of an impact event, and I think along with the growing scientific acceptance of the Chicxulub impact's relationship to the end-Cretaceous extinction, is largely responsible for our entire program of near-Earth asteroid research.
But back to July 1994. As Shoemaker-Levy 9 closed in on Jupiter, astronomers were getting ready to swing a year's worth of planning into action to study the impact in as many ways as possible. But there was one problem - the impacts wouldn't be directly observable from Earth.
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