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Una impresionante imagen de la NASA muestra a Ganímedes proyectando una sombra masiva sobre Júpiter

Una impresionante imagen de la NASA muestra a Ganímedes proyectando una sombra masiva sobre Júpiter

El científico ciudadano Thomas Thumopoulos creó esta imagen en color mejorada utilizando datos sin procesar de la herramienta JunoCam. En el momento en que se tomó la imagen inicial, la nave espacial Juno estaba a unas 44.000 millas (71.000 km) por encima de las nubes de Júpiter, a unos 55 grados de latitud sur, y 15 veces más cerca que Ganímedes, que orbita a unas 666.000 millas (1,1 millones de km). )) lejos de Júpiter. Crédito: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS, procesamiento de imágenes por Thomas Thomopoulos © CC BY

Nave espacial Juno de la NASA sierra Ganímedes arroja una gran mancha oscura sobre mí[{» attribute=»»>Jupiter during its 40th close pass by the planet on February 25, 2022.

JunoCam captured this image from very close to Jupiter, making Ganymede’s shadow appear especially large. The Juno spacecraft was about 44,000 miles (71,000 kilometers) above Jupiter’s cloud tops and 15 times closer to the planet than Ganymede at the time the raw image was taken.

An observer at Jupiter’s cloud tops within the oval shadow would experience a total eclipse of the Sun. Total eclipses are more common on Jupiter than on Earth for a number of reasons: Jupiter has four major moons (Ganymede, Io, Callisto, and Europa) that often pass between Jupiter and the Sun, and since Jupiter’s moons orbit in a plane close to Jupiter’s orbital plane, the moon shadows are often cast upon the planet.

Jupiter is, by far, the largest planet in the solar system. In fact, it is more than twice as massive as all the other planets combined. It is fifth in line from the Sun. Jupiter’s iconic Great Red Spot is a gigantic storm bigger than Earth that has raged for hundreds of years. Its familiar stripes and swirls are actually cold, windy clouds of ammonia and water, floating in an atmosphere of hydrogen and helium.

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