Posted by: mrpeatie | October 16, 2010

Jupiter and Friends

In mid-September Jupiter made its closest approach to Earth 50 years and is still relatively close. If you look east in the early night sky, the brightest object in the sky (that isn’t our moon) is Jupiter. With a relatively decent pair of binoculars you can actually see 3-4 of Jupiter’s moons. Definitely worth checking out if you don’t have a telescope or do any other fancy stargazing stuff. Below are some photos a buddy of mine took with his telescope. It will look similar to this through binoculars. Be sure to check out our moon too.

The four moons below are Io (barely visible, touching the left side of Jupiter), Europa & Callisto (close together) and Ganymede (faint, far to the left).

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