Jupiter with transiting moons, optical image

Jupiter with transiting moons, optical image

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Caption: Jupiter with transiting moons, optical image. The shadows of the moons are clearly visible as black circles (upper left), with the moons also visible at upper centre. The moons are Io (orange) and Europa (white-grey). Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. It has a diameter of around 140,000 kilometres, more than ten times that of Earth. It is a gas giant and is mostly hydrogen and helium. Its clouds are coloured by trace chemical elements. The Great Red Spot (GRB) is at lower left. The GRB is in Jupiter's southern hemisphere, with North at top in this image. This image was obtained on 22 March 2016 at 05:00 UTC.

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