Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Astro-Image of the Day: Jupiter Eclipses Ganymede

What a dramatic shot! In this Hubble Space Telescope photo, you see Jupiter just beginning to eclipse its moon, Ganymede.

Click the image to see the story.

To see how hazy Jupiter's upper atmosphere is, astronomers used the Hubble to take this photograph. It's a rare image because even though Ganymede's orbit around Jupiter takes only a week, its orbit is tilted such that it usually passes above or below Jupiter.

Because they used the powerful Hubble, we get to see a myriad of storms throughout Jupiter's bands - and the Great Red Spot - plus many dark features on Ganymede's icy surface. However, because Jupiter is one of the brightest objects in the sky and Ganymede is a very large moon, anyone can witness such an event with a small telescope or even a pair of binoculars! Just don't expect to see this level of detail *g*

Speaking of home telescopes, next up come my first astrophotos taken with my telescope and astro-camera....

Tags: astronomy

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