Music of the Spheres

Dec 31, 2008 2:47pm

It has been a complicated year here on Earth, and it would be a pity to end on a down note.  So take a look at a cool bit of video provided by the Hubble Space Telescope.

(If the video above does not work on your computer, you can look at it HERE via NASA.)

What you’re seeing is Ganymede, one of the original four moons of Jupiter discovered by Galileo, slipping behind the planet one April day in 2007.  Ganymede is not only Jupiter’s largest moon, it’s the largest known in the entire solar system. 

The Space Telescope Science Institute, which runs the Hubble for NASA, assembled 540 images into a time-lapse movie and released it a couple of weeks ago.

You can read more about it HERE — but that’s not the reason for the post.  If 2008 was a rough year for you, think of it, like Ganymede, slipping out of sight.  If you’re an optimist, remember that the sun will shine on it again soon.

I hope the sun will shine on you in 2009.

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