The Night Sky: Jupiter

By 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 7:00pm-9:00pm, weather permitting. The Stamford observatory opens every Friday night 8:00pm-10:00pm, 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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