IMAGE: NASA

IMAGE: NASA

SPACE

Bill Collier

 

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft made a spectacular video of the dance between the earth and the moon in a fly-by that was designed to build velocity for the spacecraft to reach Jupiter by July 4, 2016.

NASA has a detailed explanation of this “final encounter” with Juno’s home planet, using earth’s gravity to build momentum and coast all the way to Jupiter.

The interesting part of this video, below, is that you can truly see the proportionality between the earth and the moon, and also how our planet and moon might look to an incoming alien spacecraft.

According to NASA: The fifth planet outward from the sun, Jupiter is the exploration target of the Juno mission. Jupiter has more than twice the mass of all the other planets in the solar system combined. A gas-giant planet, Jupiter is composed like a star. It did not, however, grow big enough to ignite the core nuclear fusion that makes stars shine. With an enormous magnetic field, the planet has a kind of miniature solar system with dozens moons. Its swirling cloud stripes are punctuated by massive storms such as the Great Red Spot, which has raged for hundreds of years.

After the video, go right to NASA’s website and check out what they’re doing to understand the Solar System.

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