Monday, August 13, 2012

the moon meets jupiter

this almost looks like it should be a painting out of a fairy tale book, but it's not!   this telescopic photo was taken by cristian fattinnanzi in italy on july 15th.  the shot captures earth's moon in crescent phase, with the dark part slightly illuminated by reflected earthshine, and jupiter peering behind with all of the galilean moons visible: callisto, ganymede, io, and europa, from left to right. 

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