Jupiter's Moons Animation: Take 2

Jupiter Great Red Spot |  Image Credit: NASA

Jupiter Great Red Spot | Image Credit: NASA

I made another animation of Jupiter and its four largest moons. These images were captured with the Wide Field telescope in Chile (via Slooh). The dates are closer together, so you can get a better idea of the orbital motion of the moons over the course of a few days. (Click on the image to open a larger version in a new window.)

Image Credit: Adam Brown

Jupiter is almost like its own little solar system, and the more we study this gas giant and its moons, more amazing discoveries are made. NASA's Juno mission is scheduled to arrive at Jupiter in July 2016 after a five year journey through the solar system.

The Juno Mission has a very fun website with multimedia content about the mission, Jupiter, the Solar System, and a bunch of other cool stuff.

Jupiter is prominent in the night sky a few hours after sunset and throughout the night. If you have clear, dark skies and a backyard telescope, you can see Jupiter and the Galilean moons for yourself.

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