Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Fragment W Impact With Jupiter
Date: 22 Jul 1994
These four images of Jupiter and the luminous night-side impact of fragment W of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 were taken by the Galileo spacecraft.
I remember when this happened. My mom hauled out our telescope and everything.
Date: 1 Jan 2007
This image of Comet McNaught was captured by the European Southern Observatory in Chile as both the comet and the sun were setting over the Pacific Ocean. The ocean surface appears nearly flat at this distance.