SL9 Impact Fragment G Plume
Late last year and early this year I was working hard on combining some old imagery from Hubble from the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact event at Jupiter. I was staring at some fuzzy images (they were the sharpest images! but Jupiter is so far away, and I had to zoom way in...) and my imagination was running wild. After studying these images for so long I just had to take a break and create an illustration of what the plume might have looked something like up close. Note that though the plume looks like a large cloud, it was very likely hot and fiery on the inside. The fragment impacted on Jupiter's shadowed side, and as the plume rose, it became partially illuminated by the Sun. Below that, however, the glowing, fiery thermal tail can be seen.