Author: Dan Satherley

Stunning new images shot by NASA's Juno spacecraft appear to show a massive black hole on the surface of Jupiter. 

The photographs were taken earlier this month as Juno's elliptical orbit took it close to the gas giant - only 8000km from the top of its clouds.

Jupiter and its new 'black hole'.

But rather than an abyss from which there is no escape, Jupiter's latest feature is just a shadow cast by one of its moons, Io, as it blocked the sun during an eclipse.

Io is about the same size as Earth's moon. Because it's so far away, in the Jovian sky Io appears about four times the size as the sun - so its shadow is large and relatively sharp, compared to eclipses here on Earth, Universe Today reports.

Another view of the 'hole'.

Last week it was reported a volcano is set to erupt on Io. 

Jupiter's other distinctive feature - its giant red spot - is a storm that is expected to dissipate one day.

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