Picture of the Day: The Moons of Earth and Jupiter

By Robinson Meyer
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On July 15, Earthlings could see the visible planets come close to kissing the moon. Europeans got the whole show, and saw the moon slice our view of them. And in this view from a telescope in Montecassiano, Italy, we see Jupiter and its Galilean moons (as in, the moons discovered by Galileo) just about to disappear behind the orb, lit by sunshine and Earthshine.

From left to right on the diagonal axis, its moons are Callisto and Ganymede on one side, then the planet itself, then Io and Europa on the other.

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