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IAU Colloquium 156 : The Collision of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter
IAU Colloquium 156 Announcement

	The Collision of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter

			IAU Colloquium 156

	Hosted by the Space Telescope Science Institute
		and The Johns Hopkins University

			9-12 May 1995

		     Baltimore, Maryland USA


The Collision of comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 (SL9) and Jupiter in July
1994 was one of the most dramatic astronomical events in the history
of science.  Almost every major observatory in the world
participated in the observations of the spectacular collisions and
their aftermath.  Enormous quantities of data were recorded during
the campaign.  Preliminary analyses of a small fraction of the data
have resulted in a flurry of reports, sometimes contradictory,
propagated electronically and at ad hoc meetings.  There has,
however, been insufficient time for careful analysis or synthesis of
the many different data sets available. 

On 9-12 May 1995 the STScI and JHU will host a meeting that will
provide the first opportunity for a review of the SL9 campaign and a
synthesis of a majority of the observational programs.  This meeting
is being held as part of the STScI's regular May symposium series
and is sponsored by the IAU.  The format of the meeting will provide
a large amount of time for discussion and comparison of results.
Invited reviews will be published by the Cambridge University Press
and there will be a special journal issue for contributed papers. 

We anticipate that this meeting will attract a large attendance,
possibly more than the 325 people that we can accomodate. Thus,
attendance at the meeting will be by invitation, as is common with IAU
colloquia.  Invitations can be requested by contacting Cheryl Schmidt
at the Space Telescope Science Institute (by email:  schmidt@stsci.edu,
by regular mail: Ms. Cheryl Schmidt, Space Telescope Science Institute,
3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore MD 21218, USA, by phone: 410-338-4404).