Data obtained by NASA Juno the spacecraft shows new incredible images of Jupiter and its moon Ganymede.
У blog post on Monday (February 14th), members of the Juno mission team shared images of a huge crater on Ganymede, as well as a photo of Jupiter with backlighting that the spacecraft took during dives in and out of Jupiter’s radiation-filled environment.
“If you could ride with the NASA Juno spacecraft as it approaches Jupiter during one of its regular close passages past the giant planet, you would discover an amazing sight like this,” says the site about the images of Jupiter.
In the photos: NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter
The image of Ganymede (above) was taken during the passage in June 2021, when Juno flew only 650 miles (1,046 kilometers) above the surface of Ganymede. Citizen scientist Thomas Tomapoulos created this improved color image using data from the JunoCam camera.
The figure shows a large whale crater that is approximately 9 miles (15 kilometers) in diameter and has darker material surrounding it that ejected when a small asteroid crashed into the surface.
“Most of Ganymede’s craters have bright rays coming from the impact, but about one percent of the craters have dark rays,” the blog post said.
“Scientists believe that the pollution from the drummer caused dark rays,” – added in a statement. “Over time, the rays remain dark because they are a little warmer than the surroundings, so the ice is reflected to condense on the nearby colder and brighter terrain.”
Gil created an image of Jupiter (above) with backlight, using raw data from the JunoCam tool, including seven images taken by Jupiter’s 39th Jupiter Passage on January 12.
NASA noted that such a view of Jupiter is impossible from Earth, even through a telescope, because the orbit of Jupiter is always outside the Earth and thus visible (from our planet) only in full light from the Sun.
https://www.space.com/nasa-juno-stunning-images-jupiter-ganymede NASA spacecraft takes stunning images of Jupiter’s crescent moon and its moon Ganymede