Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Crescent Jupiter

You know that when you see Jupiter as a crescent, the view isn't from Earth.  From here, Jupiter will always look full, or maybe about 99% full or somewhere around there. 
So if you are sitting 16 AU (93 million miles x 16) looking back at Jupiter, it will be a crescent.  Here is a different view of Jupiter taken from the New Horizon's spacecraft which is a little more than 1/2 way to Pluto (yes, a planet if you ask me!).  Again, thanks to Emily at Planetary Society for posting this cool shot!

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