This site usually concentrates on pictures from probes that leave Earth orbit and actually fly to the destination they’re exploring. This spectacular Hubble Space Telescope image of Jupiter and its moon Ganymede that was released today deserves an exception.
Astronomers will use the light of Ganymede, the solar system’s largest moon, to analyze the upper reaches of Jupiter’s atmosphere that can be seen as the moon slips behind the giant planet’s disc. Learn more. Also prominent is the Great Red Spot, a storm large enough to swallow the entire Earth that has been raging for at least three centuries.
Sent by: Hubble Space Telescope | From: Earth orbit | Released: December, 2008 | Credit: NASA, ESA, and E. Karkoschka (UA) | Image source