Density and size of comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 deduced from a tidal breakup model

@article{Solem1994DensityAS,
  title={Density and size of comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 deduced from a tidal breakup model},
  author={J. Solem},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1994},
  volume={370},
  pages={349-351}
}
ALTHOUGH comets have been studied throughout most of recorded history, a detailed understanding of their internal properties is still lacking. Recent observations1 of the split comet Shoemaker–Levy 9—actually a spectacular string of cometary fragments that resulted from the tidal disruption of a single parent body as it passed close to Jupiter2–5—have therefore stimulated much interest, as they provide an unprecedented opportunity to investigate the physical properties of comets more generally6… Expand
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