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Astronomy Picture of the Day 4-03-03
| Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
Posted on 04/03/2003 3:57:10 AM PST by petuniasevan
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2003 April 3
Jupiter in the Hive
Credit & Copyright: Tunç Tezel
Explanation: If you can find planet Jupiter in tonight's sky, then you can also find M44, popularly known as the Beehive star cluster. In fact, with a pair of binoculars most casual skygazers should find it easy to zero in on this celestial scene. It should be easy because after sunset Jupiter presently rules the night as the brightest "star" overhead. Now near the stationary part of its wandering path through the heavens, Jupiter will obligingly linger for a while at a spot only a degree or so southeast of M44 in the relatively faint constellation Cancer. Seen here in a photograph from March 28, Jupiter (lower left) is strongly overexposed with the stars of M44 swarming above and to the right. The picture approximately corresponds to the view when looking through a typical pair of binoculars. Jupiter is about 30 light-minutes from our fair planet while M44, one of the closest star clusters, is around 600 light-years away.
TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomy; beehive; cancer; cluster; constellation; crab; image; jupiter; m44; photography; praesepe; space; stars
Such a close conjunction is really a handy way to quickly spot the Beehive Cluster in binoculars; bright as it is, light pollution renders it difficult to find with the naked eye.
To: MozartLover; Joan912; NovemberCharlie; snowfox; Dawgsquat; viligantcitizen; theDentist; ...
posted on 04/03/2003 3:59:40 AM PST
(Wonders of the Universe)
Thanks for the ping
posted on 04/03/2003 4:45:40 AM PST
Thanks for the ping. My kids are still asleep, but when they wake up, I'll bring them in here.
posted on 04/03/2003 5:41:40 AM PST
posted on 04/03/2003 6:31:59 AM PST
Saw them both last night. Beautiful!
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