NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured a mysterious black hole on Jupiter’s surface during its 22nd close Flyby. According to a report, the photo in question was digitally enhanced by Kevin Gill, a scientist, and was taken during last Sept. 11 where it approximately 4,885 miles (7,862km) above Jupiter’s cloudy surface.
The black hole, rather than an abyss, is just a one its moon’s shadow as it passed by directly in front of the sun.
The moon in the spotlight, Io, is about the same size as Earth’s moon and it showed a solar eclipse. Due to the massive size of Jupiter, Io’s black spot on the surface appeared more like a shadow.
“Jupiter’s volcanically active moon Io casts its shadow on the planet in this dramatic image from NASA’s Juno spacecraft,” NASA said.
“As with solar eclipses on the Earth, within the dark circle racing across Jupiter’s cloud tops, one would witness a full solar eclipse as Io passes in front of the Sun. Such events occur frequently on Jupiter because it is a large planet with many moons.”
NASA explained that dark shadows on the planet’s surface that look like black holes can be quite observable even though the planet has a very cloudy atmosphere. The same phenomenon happens on Earth during a solar eclipse.
“Juno’s proximity to Jupiter provides an exceptional fish-eye view, showing a small fraction near the planet’s equator. The shadow is about 2,200 miles (3,600km) wide, approximately the same width as Io, but appears much larger relative to the planet. A little larger than Earth’s Moon, Io is perhaps most famous for its many active volcanoes, often caught lofting fountains of ejecta well above its thin atmosphere,” NASA said.