The shadow of Amalthea


One of Jupiter’s lesser known moons casts a shadow on the gas giant.


Jupiter’s moon Amalthea casts a shadow on the clouds of the gas giant.
Jupiter’s moon Amalthea casts a shadow on the clouds of the gas giant.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran

Jupiter’s moon Amalthea casts a shadow on the gas giant planet in this image captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. The elongated shape of the shadow is a result of both the location of the moon with relation to Jupiter in this image as well as the irregular shape of the moon itself.

The image was taken on 1 September 2017, as Juno performed its eighth close flyby of Jupiter. At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was 3,858 kilometers from the tops of the clouds of the planet at a latitude of 17.6 degrees.

Curated content from the editorial staff at Cosmos Magazine.
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