Daily Rants

Spotted Jupiter and it’s 4 moons …

Tonight was to be a good night to spot Jupiter in what’s called opposition. I was even able to capture all 4 moons using the digital zoom on my camera. It goes to about 1200mm, but digital. My tripod sucks, so the pics aren’t as clear as they could be. Either way, it’s pretty cool to be able to see Jupiter and all 4 moons around it from our window …

“… The king of the planets stays very bright throughout this month and reaches “opposition” on Tuesday, which means the planet with the big red spot will be very bright in the southeast sky.

Opposition occurs when Jupiter and the sun are opposite one another from our earthly perspective. Essentially, we revel in a “full” Jupiter — just like a full moon — which can be seen throughout May at -2.5 magnitude (very bright) in the constellation Libra in the southeast after sundown.

Jupiter ascends the southeast sky beginning around 8 p.m., while the sun sets in the west. As the night grows darker, the large gaseous planet becomes an exceptionally bright spot. Like working the overnight third shift, the planet now stays up all night…”

The Galilean moons. From left to right, in order of increasing distance from Jupiter: Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto.
The Galilean moons Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto (in order of increasing distance from Jupiter)

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