Ganymede disappears behind Jupiter

This series of images taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, disappearing behind the planet.

Ganymede completes an orbit around Jupiter every seven days. Because Ganymede's orbit is tilted nearly edge-on to Earth, it routinely can be seen playing a game of "peek-a- boo", passing in front of and disappearing behind its giant host, only to reemerge later. Composed of rock and ice, Ganymede is the largest moon in our Solar System. It is even larger than the planet Mercury.

The top images show Ganymede next to Jupiter. The images were taken in blue and red light on 19 Jan. 2005 with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys. The close-up images at bottom follow Ganymede as it ducks behind Jupiter a few minutes later.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and E. Karkoschka (University of Arizona)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo0842d
Type:Collage
Release date:18 December 2008, 15:00
Size:2205 x 1764 px

About the Object

Name:Ganymede, Jupiter
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Type : Gas Giant
• Solar System : Planet : Satellite
• X - Solar System Images/Videos

Colours & filters

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Ultraviolet
U
250 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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Ultraviolet
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330 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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Optical
V
550 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
R
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
892 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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