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What a dramatic shot! In this Hubble Space Telescope photo, you see Jupiter just beginning to eclipse its moon, Ganymede.

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To see how hazy Jupiter's upper atmosphere is, astronomers used the Hubble to take this photograph. It's a rare image because even though Ganymede's orbit around Jupiter takes only a week, its orbit is tilted such that it usually passes above or below Jupiter.

Because they used the powerful Hubble, we get to see a myriad of storms throughout Jupiter's bands - and the Great Red Spot - plus many dark features on Ganymede's icy surface. However, because Jupiter is one of the brightest objects in the sky and Ganymede is a very large moon, anyone can witness such an event with a small telescope or even a pair of binoculars! Just don't expect to see this level of detail *g*

Speaking of home telescopes, next up come my first astrophotos taken with my telescope and astro-camera....




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Jan. 6th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
rare or typical. doesn't change the fact that it's beautiful!! that is a very WOW image!
Jan. 6th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
True! It's more WOW than anything else :-D
Jan. 10th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Another View of Jupiter
Jan. 13th, 2009 10:41 am (UTC)
Re: Another View of Jupiter
That is a fantastic tattoo, sir.
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