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In high-velocity collisions like this one, so much energy is released that "shock chemistry" occurs, creating "chemical reactions that otherwise would not occur in the atmosphere of Jupiter," Fletcher said.

"The last time this happened with Shoemaker-Levy 9, we detected lots of materials," he said. "One in particular was hydrogen cyanide, or HCN, which was observable in Jupiter's atmosphere for many years after the collision (of Shoemaker-Levy 9).

"What we're hoping to discover in the next few days as we turn the telescopes and spectrometers of the world towards Jupiter is that maybe that HCN has been replenished by whatever impact body it was."


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