Jupiter Opposition and Seeing the Planet with My Own Eyes

Back on December 2nd, the largest planet in our Solar System, Jupiter, reached opposition.  This means that Jupiter’s orbit is the closest it is going to be to earth, which happens every 12 years.  You can pick out Juptier with the unaided eye as it is the brightest and largest point of light in the sky (besides the Moon of course).  On this night, I took out my telescope to view the planet with my own eyes and I must say it was breathtaking.  I could see the cloud bands and the 4 moons (Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto).  Here are the photos I took of this amazing gas giant:

Juptier as it appeared in the night sky

Juptier as it appeared in the night sky (taken with a Nikon D7000 on a tripod)

Jupiter and its 4 Moons (Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto)

Jupiter and its 4 Moons (Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto)

Jupiter imaged from my TAK Sky 90II Telescope (Nikon D7000 through 2x Barlow and a 20mm eyepiece)

Jupiter imaged from my TAK Sky 90II Telescope (Nikon D7000 through 2x Barlow and a 20mm eyepiece)

 

 

 

 

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