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NASA’s Juno spacecraft took the image of Jupiter’s marbled atmosphere where was appeared an odd shadow. You can see the image below. NASA’s Juno caught the image on its 22nd close flyby of the Gas Giant on September 11, 2019. During the flyby, the spacecraft dipped to a distance of just 4,885 miles (7,862km) above the planet’s cloud tops.
Juno is a NASA space probe orbiting the planet Jupiter. It was built by Lockheed Martin and is operated by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on August 5. Juno entered a polar orbit of Jupiter on July 5, 2016 (UTC; July 4 U.S. time), to begin a scientific investigation of the planet. After completing its mission, Juno will be intentionally deorbited into Jupiter’s atmosphere.
NASA said: “Jupiter’s volcanically active moon Io casts its shadow on the planet in this dramatic image from NASA’s Juno spacecraft. “As with solar eclipses on the Earth, within the dark circle racing across Jupiter’s cloud tops, one would witness a full solar eclipse as Io passes in front of the Sun”.
“Such events occur frequently on Jupiter because it is a large planet with many moons.” The exact same effect takes place on Earth during a spectacular total solar eclipse.
NASA said: “Juno’s close proximity to Jupiter provides an exceptional fish-eye view, showing a small fraction near the planet’s equator.
“The shadow is about 2,200 miles (3,600km) wide, approximately the same width as Io, but appears much larger relative to Jupiter”.
“A little larger than Earth’s Moon, Io is perhaps most famous for its many active volcanoes, often caught lofting fountains of ejecta well above its thin atmosphere.”
Source: Text; Wikipedia, NASA, www.express.co.uk
Image credit; www.express.co.uk, www.smithsonianmag.com
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