Monday, June 8, 2009

Another Total Eclipse by Ganymede Tomorrow

I completely forgot in my last post that there are TWO total solar eclipse by Ganymede tomorrow, in addition to the one around 08:50 UTC. The second, to occur around 18:50 UTC, will also cover the north polar region a little further to the west than the earlier eclipse, over the trailing hemisphere side of the north pole. Below is an animation of that eclipse:

Computer Animation of a second total eclipse of the Sun by Jupiter's moon Ganymede over the north polar region of Io on June 9, 2009. First half shows a view from 7,317 km above Io's northern trailing hemisphere. Second half zooms in on the sun from near the north pole showing the total eclipse. The animation runs from 18:30 to 19:15 UTC on June 9, 2009. This eclipse occurs nine hours after another total eclipse by Ganymede over a region to the east.

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