Video: Ganymede sets on Jupiter in HD

29 December 2008

Unfortunately this video was not made embeddable by the folks at the HubbleSite Web site, so I've ripped it and put it up on Viddler. If there is an objection to this - please notify me.

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I've shared the video here because I think this is an incredible video. The visuals that we are getting back from the space program lately are incredible. And now that they are taking photos in a time-lapsed fashion, stitching them together and sharing them in HD video format - we're able to see celestial events in ways no other age of mankind has been able to. This is a trend NASA has set over nearly the last half-century.

Here is the description of the video from the HubbleSite Web site:

"This movie shows Ganymede, Jupiter's largest moon, as it ducks behind the giant planet. Astronomers combined a series of images taken with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to make the 18-second movie. The 540 movie frames were created from Hubble images taken over a two-hour period on April 9, 2007."

Source: Hubble Catches Jupiter's Largest Moon Going to the 'Dark Side'.

Credits: NASAESA, E. Karkoschka (University of Arizona), and G. Bacon (STScI)