tech2 News Staff 24. September 2019 13:36:10 IST
NASA's Juno probe has captured new images of the Solar System's largest planet, Jupiter in pictures, and is as breathtaking as ever.
While all thoughts were usually about the alien beauty of the planet, the latest images caught the eye. On the surface of Jupiter is an ominous black dot.
Before you start pointing with your fingers and sputtering about monoliths and Europe the answer is actually rather lame.
While one theory suggests turning the rounds It is simply not possible for the point to be a black hole, especially because there are no black holes smaller than Jupiter. More importantly, black holes are massive, high-energy objects that have strong consequences for nearby objects. Any object that is close enough to a black hole falls into it and is torn apart by the immense gravity of the black hole.
The black dot is indeed the shadow of Io whose moon falls on Jupiter.
The images were taken by Juno's JunoCam on-board camera from about 8,000 km above the surface of Jupiter, during Juno 22 of Juno, the Juno orbit point (or any satellite) where it is closest to the core of Jupiter.
Io, one of Jupiter's moon and one of the volcanically most active body in the solar system, and its surface is covered with sulfur. The volcanoes are caused by Jupiter and its strong appeal to Io. Gravity causes friction and heat on the moon, causing the rocks to melt.
Io is slightly larger than the Earth's Moon, but Jupiter is eleven times the size of the Earth, so the shadow appears relatively small.
A solar eclipse takes place when the moon is in front of us the sun that fades out its light. The moon then casts a shadow on the planet, in this case Jupiter.
Jupiter has 79 moons, of which 53 are named. Of these, scientists on Earth are interested only in their four moons – the so-called Galilean satellites Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.
Juno's main goal is to understand Jupiter, its formation and evolution, and how giant planets help in the formation of the solar system.
The spaceship was launched in 2011 and reached its destination in 2016 in five years. It has an elliptical orbit of 53 days, which brings it into close contact with the planet. Juno flies close to Jupiter to watch, then backs to a safe distance of eight million kilometers. His instruments are in titanium coatings to protect them from radiation.
The mission is due to end in July 2021, and the satellite will be destroyed in Jupiter's atmosphere to avoid contamination of the moons.
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