"A Very Small Man can Cast a Very Large Shadow" - George R.R. Martin
The three snapshots of the volcanic moon rounding Jupiter were taken over a 1.8-hour time span. Io is roughly the size of Earth’s moon but 2,000 times farther away. In two of the images, Io appears to be skimming Jupiter’s cloud tops, but it’s actually 310, 000 miles (500,000 kilometers) away. Io zips around Jupiter in 1.8 days, whereas the moon circles Earth every 28 days.
The conspicuous black spot on Jupiter is Io’s shadow and is about the size of the moon itself (2,262 miles or 3,640 kilometers across). This shadow sails across the face of Jupiter at 38,000 mph (17 kilometers per second). The smallest details visible on Io and Jupiter measure 93 miles (150 kilometers) across, or about the size of Connecticut.
NASA/Hubble Heritage
Wired Photo of the Day

"A Very Small Man can Cast a Very Large Shadow" - George R.R. Martin

The three snapshots of the volcanic moon rounding Jupiter were taken over a 1.8-hour time span. Io is roughly the size of Earth’s moon but 2,000 times farther away. In two of the images, Io appears to be skimming Jupiter’s cloud tops, but it’s actually 310, 000 miles (500,000 kilometers) away. Io zips around Jupiter in 1.8 days, whereas the moon circles Earth every 28 days.

The conspicuous black spot on Jupiter is Io’s shadow and is about the size of the moon itself (2,262 miles or 3,640 kilometers across). This shadow sails across the face of Jupiter at 38,000 mph (17 kilometers per second). The smallest details visible on Io and Jupiter measure 93 miles (150 kilometers) across, or about the size of Connecticut.

NASA/Hubble Heritage

Wired Photo of the Day

  1. l3ynx reblogged this from electricspacekoolaid
  2. cosmic--ocean reblogged this from inessentialgrace
  3. astrobot3 reblogged this from electricspacekoolaid
  4. what-a-mega-world reblogged this from electricspacekoolaid
  5. caiusmariuscaesar reblogged this from electricspacekoolaid
  6. bambibrun reblogged this from electricspacekoolaid
  7. thequantumuniverse reblogged this from electricspacekoolaid
  8. juliesupernova reblogged this from electricspacekoolaid
  9. woompey reblogged this from electricspacekoolaid
  10. resplendent-star reblogged this from electricspacekoolaid
  11. lumpyspacecowboy reblogged this from electricspacekoolaid
  12. saativa reblogged this from electricspacekoolaid
  13. testadicane reblogged this from restoringfateandstuff
  14. heoh-gotar reblogged this from planetaryfolklore
  15. foxwmulder reblogged this from electricspacekoolaid
  16. lutro95 reblogged this from lambitt
  17. notebook18 reblogged this from lightyagaymi
  18. lambitt reblogged this from lightyagaymi
  19. lesbianmakototachibana reblogged this from lightyagaymi
  20. lightyagaymi reblogged this from mortua
  21. sweetnibblynibblets reblogged this from thebrightorion
  22. thebrightorion reblogged this from helaeon
  23. slvrwrk reblogged this from jwlkrs
  24. adifferentoutput reblogged this from helaeon
  25. thecosmicwanderer reblogged this from dash-digital
  26. acandidfool reblogged this from helaeon
  27. jwlkrs reblogged this from dash-digital
  28. kingsofduluth reblogged this from dash-digital