Credits: Keith Turnecliff, Long Itchington
Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System. It is a gas giant with a mass one-thousandth that of the Sun, but two-and-a-half times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined. Jupiter is one of the brightest objects visible to the naked eye in the night sky, and has been known to ancient civilizations since before recorded history. It is named after the Roman god Jupiter.
Facts about Jupiter by Keith Turnecliff
When viewed from Earth, Jupiter can be bright enough for its reflected light to cast shadows and is on average the third-brightest natural object in the night sky after the Moon and Venus.
I am well chuffed with this image. It has to be my best planetary image to
date by far.
You can clearly see the belts and the Great Red Spot.
The dark dot on the lower belt is the shadow of the Moon Europa being cast on to the planet surface.
The slightly lighter dot just to the left is actually the Moon Europa itself.
This star chart represents a view from Long Itchington for late August at 10pm.
Credits: Image courtesy of Starry Night Pro Plus 8, researched and implemented by Keith Turnecliff.