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NASA's Juno mission reviews Eclipse on Jupiter



Do not panic, this is not a huge hole for Jupiter.

Our biggest neighbor is fine. The NASA spacecraft Juno was discovering the shadow of Jupiter's moon, Io, passing over its marbled clouds.

The Juno Mission flew over the gas giant around 9/11 when the sky appeared Geometry was just right for Io to glide between the Sun and the planet during one of its rapid-fire cycles of Jupiter , (The moon only takes 1.77 days to circle the planet.)

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Video: Jupiter's moon Io casts great shadow on the gas giant planet

Io is the most volcanic world in our solar system, narrowly pulling Jupiter's massive gravity. From Jupiter's Four Great Moons Io orbits the planet the closest, casting a huge shadow over the gas giant. NASA's Juno spacecraft has been orbiting Jupiter for more than three years, approaching it every 53 days. Scientifically, the spaceship's priorities are a variety of instruments designed to study the atmosphere and the interior of the planet.

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  A glimpse of Io's shadow on the surface of Jupiter, taken by the Juno probe of NASA.

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  A glimpse of Io's shadow on the surface of Jupiter, taken by the Juno probe of NASA.

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  A glimpse of Io's shadow on the surface of Jupiter, taken by the Juno probe of NASA.

But also on board Juno is a camera; All raw images taken by the camera are uploaded online, where Volunteer Image Processors work to turn the raw files into something nice, informative, or both.

This means while we wait for scientists When we analyze the rest of the Juno data, we can enjoy stunning images of Jupiter like these Eclipse images. The images mimic photographs taken from the eclipse space here on Earth as the Moonshade crosses the planet.

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