NASA's Juno Mission snaps breathtaking photo of Jupiter, Moon Io

Juno mission, being headed by NASA, has recently treated space enthusiasts to an extraordinary view of Jupiter and its volcanic moon, Io.

| Updated on: Sep 17 2023, 10:44 IST
A ring of fire to appear in the sky! Know what NASA has revealed
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1/5 On October 14, 2023, skywatchers around the world will have the chance to witness an annular total solar eclipse. This celestial event will follow a path from the northwestern United States, through Mexico and Central America, and exit in Brazil. During this eclipse, the Moon will be at a specific distance from Earth, causing it to appear smaller than the Sun and creating a captivating 'ring of fire' effect in the sky. (Pixabay)
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2/5 A map developed using NASA data offers a detailed view of the eclipse's path, allowing observers to anticipate what they will see in their local areas. While some regions will experience the full annular eclipse, others may witness a partial solar eclipse depending on their location and weather conditions. (Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA’s GSFC)
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3/5 According to NASA, the occurrence of an annular eclipse is linked to the Moon's variable distance from Earth. When the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth at its farthest point from our planet, it results in an annular eclipse. Due to the Moon's increased distance, it doesn't completely cover the Sun, leaving a "ring of fire" visible. Proper eye protection is essential for safe viewing during this event. (NASA)
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4/5 A total solar eclipse, such as the anticipated 2024 Solar Eclipse, happens when the Moon is close enough to Earth to entirely obscure the Sun. This brief period of totality plunges the surroundings into darkness during midday. ( JAXA/NASA/SAO/NAOJ)
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5/5 Your ability to witness an annular eclipse depends on your location and weather conditions. As NASA directs, a clear sky is essential for direct viewing, but even with cloud cover, you'll notice the eerie daytime darkness associated with eclipses, which affects not only humans but also animals like birds, bees, and turtles. If you're not in the path of annularity, you can still enjoy the event virtually through NASA's YouTube channel, where scientists will provide insights and telescope views starting at 10:30 a.m. CT on October 14, 2023. (Pixabay)
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This breathtaking image of Jupiter and Io was taken on July 30, 2023, just hours before NASA's Juno mission completed its 53rd close flyby of Jupiter (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS)

Our solar system never fails to amaze, especially the largest planet in it Jupiter as well as its many moons. The gargantuan planet always mesmerizes with its grand images as there is nothing small there, in fact, everything is on a giant scale. Recently, in a captivating display of celestial beauty, NASA's Juno mission has treated space enthusiasts to an extraordinary photo of Jupiter and its volcanic moon, Io.

This breathtaking image was taken on July 30, 2023, Just hours before NASA's Juno mission completed its 53rd close flyby of Jupiter on July 31, 2023. According to NASA, the Juno spacecraft sped past Jupiter's volcanic moon Io and captured both bodies in a single frame.

Citizen scientist Alain Miron Velazquez worked on the raw data from JunoCam to create this mesmerizing portrait. He enhanced the contrast, color, and sharpness of the portrait through JunoCam. At the time of the photograph, Juno was positioned approximately 32,170 miles from Io and about 245,000 miles above Jupiter's cloud tops.

About Jupiter

As NASA describes Jupiter, it is the largest planet in our solar system. It is the fifth planet from our Sun. The size of Jupiter is more than twice as massive as all the other planets combined. The stripes and swirls of the Jupiter are cold, windy clouds of ammonia and water. These are floating in an atmosphere of hydrogen and helium. There are dozens of moons around Jupiter. The planet also has several rings, but unlike the famous rings of Saturn, Jupiter's rings are very faint and made of dust, but they are very faint.

Jupiter's Moon Io

According to NASA, Jupiter has over 80 moons, including 4 large moons and various smaller moons. Jupiter's four largest moons consist of Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. They were first discovered by the astronomer Galileo Galilei in 1610. He used an early version of the telescope to observe these celestial beauties. The surface of Io is the most volcanically active in the solar system. Io is marked by hundreds of regularly erupting volcanoes along with molten lava and sulfurous gases. Io's closest looks have been provided by NASA's Juno mission since 2007.

In late 2023 and early 2024, more data and images about Jupiter are expected to be received by NASA through the Juno mission.

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First Published Date: 17 Sep, 10:43 IST
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