Jupiter: The Eye in the Sky

Here’s looking at you: Moon shadow gives Jupiter a giant staring eye

  • Giant eye appears to be looking directly at the Hubble space telescope, which captured the image
  • Taken  when Hubble was being used to monitor changes in Jupiter’s immense Great Red Spot (GRS) storm
  • During the exposures, the shadow of the Jovian moon Ganymede swept across the center of the GRS

It may seem the perfect Halloween prank, but astronomers say they have spotted a mysterious ‘eye’ on Saturn.

The giant eye appears to be looking directly at the Hubble space telescope, which captured the image.

However, Nasa says that in fact the image shows a shadow over a storm.

Lokking right back at you: On April 21, 2014, when Hubble was being used to monitor changes in Jupiter's immense Great Red Spot (GRS) storm, a shadow caused this 'eye' to appear.

Lokking right back at you: On April 21, 2014, when Hubble was being used to monitor changes in Jupiter’s immense Great Red Spot (GRS) storm, a shadow caused this ‘eye’ to appear.

During the exposures, the shadow of the Jovian moon Ganymede swept across the center of the GRS.This gave the giant planet the uncanny appearance of having a pupil in the center of a 10,000-mile-diameter 'eye.'

During the exposures, the shadow of the Jovian moon Ganymede swept across the center of the GRS.This gave the giant planet the uncanny appearance of having a pupil in the center of a 10,000-mile-diameter ‘eye.’

JUPITER’S SIX SIDED STORM

 A bizarre six-sided storm churning Saturn’s north pole has flummoxed astronomers ever since it was first spotted thirty years ago.

Now, astronomers believe they may have solved one of its biggest mysteries by working out how it operates – and discovering the rotation period of Saturn in the process.

The giant storm operates rather like the jet stream on Earth they say – explaining why it never appears to move.

The image was taken on April 21, 2014, when Hubble was being used to monitor changes in Jupiter’s immense Great Red Spot (GRS) storm.

During the exposures, the shadow of the Jovian moon Ganymede swept across the center of the GRS.

This gave the giant planet the uncanny appearance of having a pupil in the center of a 10,000-mile-diameter ‘eye.’

 ‘For a moment, Jupiter ‘stared’ back at Hubble like a one-eyed giant Cyclops,’ Nasa said.

It is one of many unusual storms on Saturn.

A bizarre six-sided storm churning Saturn’s north pole has flummoxed astronomers ever since it was first spotted thirty years ago.

More:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2811412/Here-s-looking-Spooky-shadow-gives-Jupiter-giant-staring-eyegoes-here.html

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