NASA researchers have captured amazing pictures of Jupiter which show a black spot around the size of the Earth on the planet’s surface. It is actually just a huge shadow caused by an eclipse that was caused by Io, one of Jupiter’s moons.
These pictures were captured by the Juno probe that was launched by NASA and has been in orbit around Jupiter for the last 3 years.
Juno captured these images of this eclipse on September 12 while doing flyby mission around Jupiter.
The eclipse was produced by Jupiter’s moon Io, which is a blistering moon, popularly considered to be this Solar System’s most active object when it comes to volcanoes.
Io happens to be one of the 79 moons that orbit Jupiter. However, its orbit lies closer to the planet compared to others.
Over four hundred volcanoes have already been sighted on Io, which spews gas and lava up to three hundred miles into Io’s atmosphere.
There are over 100 mountains present on Io, a few of which happen to be much taller compared to Mount Everest.
It is also the 4th biggest moon present in the Solar System and has the densest composition. It was first discovered by Galileo in 1610.
In new images released by NASA, the shadow cast by Io happens to have a size similar to Great Red Spot, which is a storm raging on Jupiter with a size slightly larger than the Earth.
Katie Mack stated that Io happens to be so close and big that it blocks out the entire sun. A person standing on Jupiter would find Io’s size 4x times as big compared to the Sun.
The proximity is so close, even the penumbra happens to be super thin.
The Juno probe launched by NASA was developed by LM & launched on August 5, 2011, from Florida.