This image was captured March 5th.  Ganymede post eclipse and Io begining transit.

 

This image was captured on March 13th. The moon Io at right.

 

This image was captured on March 21st. The moons Europa and Io are just begining transit.

 

Image 2 from the 21st.

 

Image 3 from the 21st.

 

Image 4 from the 21st. The shadows from the moons clearly visible on Jupiter's cloud-tops.

 

This image was captured March 28th. Europa and Io at left heading for transit.

 

 

This image was captured on April 10th.

 

This image was captured April 4th. The moon Io is at right.

 

 

  Equipment:

  CAMERA:  Celestron Skyris 618M

  TELESCOPE:  Celestron C9.25 (235mm) SCT @ F/25.

  MOUNT:  Celestron CGE Pro.

  BARLOW:  2.5x Telvue powermate.

  FILTERS:  Baader RGB.

  SOFTWARE:  Registax V6, Photoshop CS3.

 

Jupiter

 Average distance from the Sun, 483.7 million miles.

Average distance from Earth, 390.7 million miles.

Rotation period, (days) 9.9 hours.

Orbital period, (year) 11.9 Earth years.

Diameter, 88,846 miles.

Gravity, 100 Earth pounds = 250 pounds on Jupiter.

Moons, 63.

Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system.  Largely made up of hydrogen and helium, Jupiter has the appearance of being layered. This effect is further enhanced by alternating east and west winds with separate zones of composition and temperature. The “Great Red Spot,” has winds of an estimated 400 miles per hour.

Jupiter’s extremely large number of moons include the four Galilean moons, Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. Discovered by Galileo Galilee over 400 years ago.

 

 

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