Picture of the Day: Jupiter and Two of Its Moons, Io and Gannymede

By Rebecca J. Rosen

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This beautiful picture of Jupiter was taken from the ground by amateur astronomer Damian Peach on September 12, 2010, when Jupiter was close to full opposition. In the years ahead, NASA's Juno mission will provide clearer and closer images of the largest planet in our solar system. The spacecraft launched last August and is set to reach Jupiter's orbit in 2016.

Below, recent Pictures of the Day:

Image: Damian Peach/NASA.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/03/picture-of-the-day-jupiter-and-two-of-its-moons-io-and-gannymede/254024/