CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Jupiter-shine on Io
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Voyager 2 observed Io on the far side of Jupiter in this set of images. This sequence of nine images was collected using the Green filter from about 1.2 million kilometers. A 2.5 hour period is covered during which Io rotates 7 degrees.

Also, during this time, Io moves more directly between the Sun and Jupiter. To an observer on the dark portion of Io, the night would be dominated by the huge bulk of Jupiter in the sky. In this image sequence, as the crescent of Io gets thinner, the appearance of Jupiter from Io becomes more "full" and, thus, brighter. This large bright object in the Io night sky causes the dark "Io-scape" to be significantly illuminated by "Jupiter-shine."

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Acquired: July 1979
  Jupiter-shine on Io
PIA 02858

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