Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting

  • 11 Feb 2014
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida Cultural Plaza, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710

7:00 - 7:30 General Meeting & Announcements
7:30 - 7:45 Refreshments
7:45 - Dr. Francisco Reyes, Astronomy Department, University of Florida.

Title: Campaign for Observing the Possible Low-Frequency Radio Emission Resulting from the Collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter in July 1994.

Abstract: Several predictions were made regarding the influence in the Jovian decametric emission resulting from the collision of S-L 9 comet with Jupiter in 1994.

   The low frequency radio astronomy group at Univ. of Florida organized a network of three observatories for observing Jupiter during the days of the collision. The observatories were located at the University of Florida Radio Observatory in Florida (USA), the Owens Valley Radio Observatory in California (USA) and at the Maipu Radio Observatory in Chile. Three more radio observatories located in Australia, Tasmania and Japan contributed to the data during the days of the collision.

   I will describe the equipment used for the observations and discuss the data processing and the result of the observations. Several bursts of normal decametric emission were identified during the period of the collision. Except for two bursts received near the impacts times of the Q1 and Q2 fragments that may be related to these impacts, we were not able to identify emission related to the impacts of the fragments.

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