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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Jupiter and Io
NASA ^ | November 28, 2012 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 11/28/2012 6:28:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Explanation: On December 3 (UT), Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet, will be at opposition, opposite the Sun in planet Earth's sky, shining brightly and rising as the Sun sets. That configuration results in Jupiter's almost annual closest approach to planet Earth. So, near opposition the gas giant offers earthbound telescopes stunning views of its stormy, banded atmosphere and large Galilean moons. For example, this sharp series was recorded on the night of November 16/17 from the island of Sardinia near Dolianova, Italy. North is up in the images that show off Jupiter's famous Great Red Spot, and planet girdling dark belts and light zones. Also seen in transit is Jupiter's volcanic moon Io, its round, dark shadow tracking across the Jovian cloud tops as the sequence progresses left to right.

November 28, 2012

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; jupiter; science
[Credit & Copyright: Alessandro Bianconi]

1 posted on 11/28/2012 6:28:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

You can see Jupiter now - it’s the bright star above the full moon.


2 posted on 11/28/2012 6:30:19 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
Follow the Bouncing Jove!

3 posted on 11/28/2012 6:30:38 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Strangers in the night
Two lonely planets, we were strangers in the night
Up to the moment when we said our first hello little did we know
Love was just a glance away, a warm embracing dance away


4 posted on 11/28/2012 6:31:34 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: SunkenCiv

By Jove, that’s Io.


5 posted on 11/28/2012 6:53:40 PM PST by Ken H
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To: SunkenCiv

What are the two star-like lights next to the moon tonight?
One is above it to the left and is very bright. The other is directly to the right of it and farther away.


6 posted on 11/28/2012 6:54:32 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: SunkenCiv

A close-up shot...
7 posted on 11/28/2012 6:55:53 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Totally cool picture, Mr. Civilizations! I love Io’s shadow on Jupiter’s clouds.

Hubby got an eyeful when he came home this evening. The moon was risen, and Jupiter was nearby. As he crested the hill near our house, he got a perfect view of the two of them.

He didn’t know which planet it was, but thanks to APOD, I knew and enlightened him when he came in the door.

So thank you again, my friend.


8 posted on 11/28/2012 6:57:30 PM PST by TheOldLady
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To: SunkenCiv

The Dance of Io


9 posted on 11/28/2012 6:58:49 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Ken H
"By Jove, that’s Io.

Priceless!
10 posted on 11/28/2012 6:58:54 PM PST by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor < still > has no pedigree.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

That’s Aldebaran, the bright star in Taurus.


11 posted on 11/28/2012 7:20:40 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

My son told me about Google Sky View. You install it on your android and just point the phone up in the sky. It will map whatever is in the sky with labels. Kinda like GPS but for the stars.


12 posted on 11/28/2012 7:34:56 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Sorry Google Sky Map, not view


13 posted on 11/28/2012 7:36:07 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

I was wondering that too. It’s pretty neat. Probably it’ll be in an upcoming APoD, or an extra, extra. :’)


14 posted on 11/28/2012 7:37:52 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: TheOldLady

Thanks ToL!


15 posted on 11/28/2012 7:38:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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16 posted on 11/28/2012 7:42:50 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: struggle

17 posted on 11/28/2012 7:44:01 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

The brighter light is Jupiter. The other one is Aldeberan.


18 posted on 11/28/2012 8:04:34 PM PST by notfornothing
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To: JoeProBono

Or maybe it’s time for “width=500”. :’)


19 posted on 11/28/2012 8:05:00 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: driftdiver

There’s an app for the IPhone too. It’s called Night Sky and it’s free. It’s pretty cool and works the same way. It shows you the constellations too.


20 posted on 11/28/2012 8:11:08 PM PST by shadow99
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Fun thing I thought I’d throw in with Jupiter being so easy to locate - if you look at it through a pair of decent binoculars (mine have 16x magnification and I picked them up for $60 at Wal Mart) you should be able to see some tiny specks in a line on either side. Those are the bigger moons.


21 posted on 11/28/2012 8:45:15 PM PST by notfornothing
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Thanks! Great image of Io.


22 posted on 11/28/2012 9:21:03 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Boogieman

IO! IIIO!
Daylight come and I wanna go home.


23 posted on 11/28/2012 9:27:57 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Jack Hydrazine
That pic of Io is reminding me of this girl: Black Eye Girl
24 posted on 11/28/2012 9:39:27 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: presently no screen name
You can see Jupiter now - it’s the bright star above the full moon.

It was below the full moon this morning!

;^)

25 posted on 11/29/2012 3:06:26 AM PST by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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