Jupiter Occultation - Lunar occultations of planets are relatively rare events which occur when the Moon passes in front of a more distant planet, obscuring it from view. On the morning of July 15, 2012, such an occultation of the planet Jupiter occured. This photo shows the crescent Moon and Jupiter, right at the edge of the visible moon, just before the planet became hidden behind Earth's natural satellite. Jupiter is of course much bigger than our Moon, however, its greater distance from Earth makes its apparent size much smaller.

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