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The Night Sky: Jupiter

Jupiter-2014-01  Rick Bria
Jupiter-2014-01 Rick Bria

Jupiter can be found high in the southeast sky just after dark. It looks like a very bright star in the constellation Gemini, but viewed through a telescope Jupiter reveals its true nature as a huge gas giant planet with swirling bands of clouds and four Galilean moons.

This picture of Jupiter was taken January 10, 2014 at the Mary Aloysia Hardey Observatory at Convent of the Sacred Heart. I used a 16” LX200 telescope with a Canon DSLR camera in movie crop mode. The resultant data was processed in RegiStax6 and Photoshop software.

The Bowman observatory is open for viewing Jupiter and the night sky on second and fourth Tuesdays of the month 7pm-9pm weather permitting. The Stamford observatory opens every Friday night 8pm-10pm weather permitting. Jupiter will be well placed for viewing during the next month or so. Visit a local observatory to view this incredible planet soon.

Starry Nights!

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Jaimie Cura February 19, 2014 at 10:23 PM
So beautiful - what a great photo!
Rick Bria February 19, 2014 at 10:50 PM
Thank You Jaimie
Believer February 20, 2014 at 07:03 AM
I have been following this beautiful star for a several weeks. Shared this with my 8yr old grandson, who lives in Texas, he told me it was Jupiter and they studied this in school. Good for Texas. Thank you for the beautiful picture. The wonders of the sky have always fascinated me.
Rick Bria February 21, 2014 at 06:18 PM
Thanks, You are so right. I have to admit that although Astronomy appeals to me intellectually, I am caught in the pursuit of capturing the beauty of the Night Sky. Rick

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