shoemaker-levy 9

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Shoemaker-Levy 9 (ˈʃuːˌmeɪkə liːvaɪ)
 
n
a comet that was captured into an orbit around Jupiter and later broke up, the fragments colliding with Jupiter in July 1995
 
[C20: after Carolyn Shoemaker (born 1929), Eugene Shoemaker (1928--97), and David Levy (born 1948), US astronomers, who discovered the orbiting fragments]

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