Data from NASA’s Juno spacecraft has arrived nasty surprise. Recent imagery reveals a large black spot on the top of Jupiter’s churning swirling, gassy clouds. It seems frightening, but don’t worry, it is nothing but the shadow of Io, the giant planet’s moon. Even more, it is a result of an eclipse in which the earth-sized moon has obstructed the sun. This eclipse is similar to the solar eclipse which occurs on the Earth. But due to the huge size variation between Jupiter and Earth, it looks more like a hole. The latest imagery is enough to stimulate our consideration.
On the other hand, the Juno-captured images reveal something that is near to an entire solar eclipse. But it is impossible as Jupiter as it is a giant planet in the solar system. More precisely, we cannot call the phenomenon like an eclipse. Juno captured this breathtaking group of images during the second week of the current month. At the time, the probe had a close fly-by from Jupiter. Kevil Gill, a software engineer at NASA, has processed the pictures which resulted in stunning images of the gas giant.
The NASA probe arrived at an orbit, the Jovian system, around two years ago, in 2017. It keeps revolving around the path, which offers a closer approach to Jupiter’s cloud tops and escapes again into deep space. When Juno snapped these images, it was present around 5,000 miles away from the surface. It is so because Jupiter has a powerful impact on everything present near its surface. Thus the orbiter follows the highly-elliptical path to save itself from intense radiation belts of Jupiter. Apart from this, the gas giant has a massive impact on Io. Jupiter’s fourth moon, the most geologically active component in the solar system. Due to its volcanic nature, Io has more than 400 active volcanoes that expel lava up to 300 miles. Even more, the moon has more than a hundred mountains over its surface, which are greater than Earth’s Mount Everest. All in all, NASA has solved the mystery of the black hole captured on Jupiter’s surface.