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This shows, schematically, the passage of Ganymede (the third satellite of Jupiter, and the largest in the Solar System) through the shadow cone of the planet Jupiter. From the Earth´s orbit we can never observe a transit of Jupiter across the face of the sun. However during an eclipse of Ganymede the brightness of the light from the satellite falls away, leaving only the very weak light beam which manages to pass through Jupiter'a atmosphere. This light contains information about the Jovian atmosphere which is equivalent to that which we would obtain if we could observe a solar transit of the planet.Credit for the animation: Gabriel Pérez, SMM (IAC).


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