Incredible view. The spacecraft was able to capture the eclipse of Jupiter satellite of Mars (video)
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The Mars Express spacecraft was able not only to photograph the eclipse of Jupiter, but also of its four main satellites.
Something is constantly happening in the solar system and not always really exciting events fall into the lenses of spacecraft cameras. But the Mars Express orbiter, which orbits Mars at a distance of 100 million km from Earth, managed to capture the eclipse of Jupiter by the Red Planet's satellite Deimos, writes ScienceAlert.
The satellite of Mars Deimos, only 15 km in size, was able to outshine during its passage against the background of Jupiter, not only the gas giant itself, but also its 4 main satellites. This amazing event was able to capture the Mars Express spacecraft and he took a series of 80 photographs, from which scientists created a short video. It is worth noting that at this moment Deimos was at a distance of 745 million km from Jupiter and its satellites, which seem to be small bright objects against the background of the satellite of Mars.
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According to scientists from the European Space Agency, it is very unusual that there was such a coincidence in the location of Deimos and Jupiter with its satellites. Indeed, at this moment, the satellite of Mars must be exactly in the plane of the orbit of its distant space neighbors for this to happen.
In the video, you can see how Deimos slowly moves and eclipses first the icy satellite of Jupiter – Europa, then the largest satellite in the solar system – Ganymede, then it closes Jupiter and ends its journey with an eclipse of the volcanic satellite – Io, and the second largest satellite of the gas giant – Callisto.
Observation data from the Mars Express spacecraft allowed scientists to more accurately calculate the position and orbit of Deimos. This knowledge can help in understanding how the moons Deimos and the larger Phobos appeared on Mars.
Until now, scientists do not know for sure whether these satellites are asteroids that Mars attracted to itself, or whether they were part of some other huge space object that was destroyed. New data on the orbits of the moons of Mars can help scientists predict what will happen to them in the future.
Now scientists believe that Phobos is slowly but surely approaching the Red Planet and in 100 million years the gravity of Mars will destroy this satellite and the remaining debris will form a ring around the fourth planet from the Sun.
According to scientists, a completely different situation is developing in Deimos. On the contrary, it flies away from Mars and in millions of years the planet's gravity will not be able to hold it, and this satellite will begin its independent journey through the solar system.
The fact that Phobos will still crash into Mars, according to a recent study, < em>Focus already wrote.