11 May 2006

Recipe: Crumbed Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3

It seems that being a comet can be a fairly crummy existence.


Remember Shoemaker-Levy getting ready to prang into Jupiter?

Evidently, making crumbs like this is kind of becoming habitual for these occasionally-luminous solar orbiters. Now... what do you imagine could be tearing these little stoney lumps so thoroughly apart at such extreme ranges?

3 comments:

Leon Brooks said...

It seems that the combination of names means — pretty close to literally — “silent watchman” and of course one can make as much or little of that as one prefers.

Leon Brooks said...

I also wonder why Deep Impact failed to shatter Tempel-1 when it hit with a delta of over 10km/second (DI dug further into the T1 silhouette each second than the longest edge of T1); I compare this to whatever stretched/crunched the Silent Watchman.

Leon Brooks said...

An on-site-comment from BBC News which caused a chuckle:

The Deep Impact mission proves that if you throw enough money at something you are bound to hit it. [Walter, USA]