Rice Professor Available for Comments on CometJupiter Collision

first_imgShare Contact: Philip Montgomery Phone: (713) 527-4672 Rice Professor Available for Comments on Comet-Jupiter Collision Thomas Hill, a distinguished faculty fellow in space physics and astronomy at Rice, is available to comment on the impending collision between Jupiter and the remnants of the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. The comet is expected to begin smashing into Jupiter on Saturday, July 16. Astronomers have speculated that the comet, which is moving at the speed of 130,000 miles per hour, could collide with Jupiter with the force of a billion tons of TNT. The collision may create plumes of hot gases that flash beyond the cloud cover of Jupiter. Major astronomical instruments including the Hubble Space Telescope, the powerful Keck Telescope in Hawaii and space probes like Galileo will be focused on Jupiter. Hill can be reached at his Rice office at (713) 527-4651 or his home at (713) 665-5825. ### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more