The Impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Sends Ripples Through the Rings of Jupiter

@article{Showalter2011TheIO,
  title={The Impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Sends Ripples Through the Rings of Jupiter},
  author={Mark R. Showalter and Matthew M. Hedman and Joseph A. Burns},
  journal={Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={332},
  pages={711 - 713}
}
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