NASA has released a picture of the shadow cast on Jupiter by its natural satellite Io during a solar eclipse. The photo was taken by the Juno spacecraft.
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Such phenomena for Jupiter are far from uncommon, because in total it has at least 79 natural satellites. In addition, the tilt of the planet's axis relative to its orbit is small. Because of this, Jupiter's moons often cast shadows on its surface.
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In Juno's image of the eclipse on Jupiter, objects appear as if they were photographed with a fisheye filter. This is explained by the relatively close location of the spacecraft to the celestial body – 7.9 thousand km from its clouds. The width of the shadow captured in the frame is 3,600 km. It is worth noting that Io is almost the same size, with a diameter of 3,642 km.