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Here's Looking At You: Spooky Shadow Play Gives Jupiter a Giant Eye
Release date: Oct 28, 2014 10:00 AM (EDT)
Here's Looking At You: Spooky Shadow Play Gives Jupiter a Giant Eye
Release type: Hubble Heritage

The Hubble Space Telescope treats astronomers to gorgeous close-up views of the eerie outer planets. But it's a bit of a trick when it seems like the planet's looking back at you! In this view, the shadow of the Jovian moon Ganymede swept across the center of the Great Red Spot – a giant storm on the planet. This gave Jupiter the uncanny appearance of having a pupil in the center of a 10,000-mile-diameter "eye." Now if it blinks, we may really have to worry!