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Nasa’s Juno spacecraft captures a stunning eclipse across the surface of Jupiter


Io’s shadow passes over Jupiter (NASA/ CC)

The Juno spacecraft, currently in orbit around Jupiter, has captured images of an eclipse on the gas giant.

Nasa’s spaceship picked up the shadow of the moon Io as it passed over the planet. The result is a giant black circle covering Jupiter’s distinctive clouds.

Io has unique volcanic properties because of the massive gravitational pull of Jupiter. It has the closest orbit of any of Jupiter’s four largest moons – making eclipses all the more spectacular.

Meanwhile, Juno has been orbiting Jupiter for more than three years and makes a close pass every 53 days. These images came from the spacecraft’s 22nd flyby of the solar system’s largest planet.

The Juno probe took five years to make the 1.7 billion mile journey to the solar system’s largest planet – and is now gathering data on the mysterious gas giant.

Io orbits closes to Jupiter (NASA/ CC)
Jupiter has 79 known moons (NASA/ CC)
The biggest planet in the solar system (Science Photo Library)

Juno is studying the planet’s composition, gravity, magnetic field, and the source of its raging 384mph winds.





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