Moon Meets Jupiter and Galilean moons

In this image you can see close encounter of the Moon and Jupiter along with its large four moons, in July 15’s predawn skies. The ruling gas giant pass behind the lunar disk, occulted by the Moon.   Image credit: Cristian Fattinnanzi

Clouds threaten in this telescopic view from Montecassiano, Italy, but the frame still captures Jupiter after it emerged from the occultation along with all four of its large Galilean moons. The sunlit crescent is overexposed with the Moon’s night side faintly illuminated by Earthshine. Lined up left to right beyond the dark lunar limb are Callisto, Ganymede, Jupiter, Io, and Europa. In fact, Callisto, Ganymede, and Io are larger than Earth’s Moon, while Europa is only slightly smaller.

Jupiter and Galilean moons

Jupiter and Galilean moons.   Image credit:  Wikimedia Commons

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