NASA’s Juno spacecraft recorded an eclipse on Jupiter. A shadow, 3600 km wide, formed on the planet’s surface. Researchers have turned photos into 360-degree videos.
Juno captured several images of Jupiter with the JunoCam. During one of the approaches to the planet, the device also captured an eclipse of the surface of one of its satellites – Io. The shadow of the moon of Jupiter is clearly visible on the cloud tops of the celestial body.
Software Engineer Kevin Gill transformed Juno images into interactive 360-degree video. There, users can hover over Jupiter in 8K resolution and see in detail the points where Io’s shadow falls.
The device also captured several photos during its 29th flyby past Jupiter. Juno is in a highly elliptical orbit at an altitude of 4200 km. At this distance, the device spends 2 hours every 53 days of its operation. Thus, the device reduces the exposure of high-energy particles accelerated by Jupiter’s magnetic field.
“As in the case of solar eclipses on Earth, inside a dark circle racing across the tops of Jupiter’s clouds, one can observe a total solar eclipse when Io passes in front of the Sun,” wrote NASA.
Recall that until the middle of last year, astronomers assumed that Jupiter is not only the largest planet in the solar system but also the planet with the largest number of satellites – there were 79 of them.