I follow ‘Astro Pic of the Day’ on ‘Flipboard’… All the week pictures are beyond electrifying and pretty ^_^
July 20, 2012’s pic shows the Moon meeting Jupiter and its moons… It looks sooo small, ehehe.
The picture’s title is amusing :p
‘Moon Meets Jupiter’
Image Credit & Copyright: Cristian Fattinnanzi
This close encounter of planets and the Moon occured in July 15’s predawn skies. And while many saw bright Jupiter next to the slender, waning crescent, Europeans also had the opportunity to watch the ruling gas giant pass behind the lunar disk, occulted by the Moon as it slid through the night.
Clouds threaten in this telescopic view from Montecassiano, Italy, but the frame still captures Jupiter after it emerged from the occultation along with all four of its large Galilean moons. The sunlit crescent is overexposed with the Moon’s night side faintly illuminated by Earthshine. Lined up left to right beyond the dark lunar limb are Callisto, Ganymede, Jupiter, Io, and Europa. In fact, Callisto, Ganymede, and Io are larger than Earth’s Moon, while Europa is only slightly smaller.
I love astronomy. I would like to see stars and planets up close alot… +_+ I love this picture… It’s breathtaking.
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