Observing Jupiter from home – Guide

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Jupiter is one of the planets more easily observable. Its location is easy by the fact of having a stable and visible light that distinguishes it from the stars and even most of the other planets.

At a glance: Jupiter, the second brightest planet in the sky after Venus, visible at a glance for several months a year. You can use an OpenSource application, such as Stellarium, to know in what position you can see Jupiter planet.

Photo of the Planet Jupiter at a glance

Photo of the Planet Jupiter, at a glance. Using Sony Camera DSLR-A350. Exposition: 42 seconds. ISO: 800. Lf: 18,00 mm. Author: Gerard Bajona.

Binoculars: Using binoculars you can distinguish clearly Jupiter as a planet. Unlike stars, which even the most powerful telescopes they appear as twinkling points of light, Jupiter has a disc-shaped. You can also easily distinguish its four main satellites (Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto), which appear as dots aligned almost at the height of Ecuador of the planet.

Jupiter in binoculars

Jupiter in binoculars.

With a telescope: With a small telescope can see the light and dark bands of the outermost layers of the atmosphere of Jupiter. The planet completes one rotation on itself in less than ten hours, making it possible to study the characteristics of different areas for an extended period of observation. The most notable is called the Great Red Spot, oval-shaped, as wide as Earth and twice as long.

Jovian family: Jupiter, Io, Europa, Calisto, Ganymede

Jupiter and the Galilean moons, taken with an XT10 and Nikon Coolpix 4500.

 

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