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Assuming someone is "standing" on the "surface" of Jupiter (ok, in a stable position deep inside the gas giant's gravity field analog to standing on the surface of a rock planet) where the moons can be seen during the night, how would be the sky like during a lunar "month" cycle of all the moons around the planet (a lunar month defined as the interval of time it takes for all the moons to show the same configuration again)?

Do all the moons chase one another at a fixed distance, or do they cross and bypass one another like a race?

How long is a lunar month in Jupiter?

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  • $\begingroup$ If the question can be improved, please say it in a comment (or edit it). $\endgroup$ – Mindwin Dec 26 '18 at 12:11
  • $\begingroup$ See also: NASA/JPL Solar System Simulator $\endgroup$ – Loong Dec 26 '18 at 12:40
  • $\begingroup$ @Loong this simulator cannot show the view from the planet's surface. $\endgroup$ – Mindwin Dec 26 '18 at 12:58
  • $\begingroup$ How stable is this stable position you're talking about? If you're deep enough into Jupiter that it can support your weight, I doubt you'd be able to see much beyond the atmosphere. BTW, this question may be more appropriate for the Astronomy site. $\endgroup$ – PM 2Ring Dec 26 '18 at 14:35
  • $\begingroup$ @PM2Ring we handwave the fact that one cannot "stand" on a gas giant. Observer might be over a very large flotation device. A question might fit several different stacks, but the specialists are not the same (even though there are several in common). Cross posting is also bad. If I don't get answers here, I will close this question and post there, but I want a more analytical answer, therefore physics.se $\endgroup$ – Mindwin Dec 27 '18 at 11:23

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