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Pic Of The Day 27th February 56K warning: big but worth it

Discussion in 'TOSAH Archive' started by Markjcj, 27 Feb 2003.

  1. Markjcj

    Soldato

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    Todays pic is another animated one, unfortunately I have not been able to source a larger version of this image, but considering the image size for this small version I'm not sure I'd want to :eek:

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    When Moons and Shadows Dance

    It's no wonder Jupiter is a favorite target for even modest earthbound telescopes. The most massive planet in the solar system with four of the largest moons also boasts the famous Great Red Spot, a giant hurricane-like storm system over three hundred years old. Recorded on December 15, 2002 between 7:19 and 8:40 UT, over a thousand digital images were processed and stacked to create this spectacular 21 frame animation of the Jovian system. South is up and as the Great Red Spot tracks across the face of Jupiter, innermost Galilean moon Io emerges from the planet's shadow at the far right. Io occults (passes in front of) the edge of the more sedately orbiting Ganymede with Io's shadow moving quickly across the gas giant's cloud tops, just below the Red Spot. While the moon Callisto is outside the field of view, its large, dark shadow is also visible crossing the Jovian disk at the upper left. Viewed from Earth, the orbits of the Galilean moons presently lie nearly edge-on, offering many chances to observe similar dances of Jupiter's moons.

    Credit & Copyright: Wes Higgins

    Previous Pic Of The Day posts

    26th Feb 03
    25th Feb 03
    24th Feb 03
    23rd Feb 03 Courtesy of Biffa :)
    20th Feb 03
    19th Feb 03
    17th Feb 03
     
  2. Mad Pierre

    Hitman

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    Well worthy of 5 stars
     
  3. happytechie

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    wow!

    you don't have a link to the source web site do you?

    *****

    HT
     
  4. Markjcj

    Soldato

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  5. Berserker

    Man of Honour

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    There are a few more pictures of Jupiter taken by Wes Higgins here (56K Warning)
     
  6. PurDunamis

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Messing with a Nd:YAG, DCM and a Raman Shifter

    Another top pic sah:)
     
  7. VirtualAdept

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    Yep, definitely worthy of 5 *'s...