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So Long, Jupiter

August 19, 2008

As Saturn had passed beyond our visible slice of the heavens earlier this summer, so too will Jupiter. It’s schedule to rise earlier and earlier, eventually escaping the night to ironically be in the horizontal domain of North America’s daylight.

They’ve been hanging around, low in the sky, every night as the summer marches towards shorter days and longer nights.

It’s been a treat to look through a real telescope and actually see the eternal storm as brilliant horizontal rings with my real eyes. It’s much smaller to focus in on through the telescope than Saturn was, but it’s still remarkable. Also, as you relax your eye, some planets begin to appear, Callisto, Ganymede, and Europa. All visible to my human eyeball.

Most of what we know about Jupiter comes from the Voyager Spacecraft.

Here are some photos I’ve taken in the South, early to late evening. Shooting conditions were less than optimal, and this is the first time I’ve used the digital zoom. The first few pictures are taken with optical zoom (using the lens), and the fuzzed out bottom ones are taken with the digital zoom.

Here’s an interesting image. After examining this picture for an image, I discovered that by using a high-contrast, I was able to extract an image from the noise captured.

A real image of Jupiter, taken from the noble traveler, Voyager 2.

And this is the best that I could do through a telescope with my canon.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. megan permalink
    August 6, 2009 10:46 pm

    nice pictures

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