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October 28, 2014 10:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2014-31

Here's Looking At You: Spooky Shadow Play Gives Jupiter a Giant Eye

A Hubble Heritage Release

October 28, 2014: 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!

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Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center)

Acknowledgment: C. Go and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)