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Facts About Jupiter

The Planet Jupiter

The Planet Jupiter

I thought it was about time we talked about Jupiter.  Jupiter is, after all, the biggest planet in our Solar System.  In fact, it’s almost big enough to be a star!  Let’s explore some facts about Jupiter.

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Jupiter, Venus, the Moon and the Pleiades

Jupiter, Venus, the Moon and the Pleiades

Jupiter, Venus, the Moon and the Pleiades

I took this shot on March 26, 2012 at around 7:30pm.  It was during the conjunction of Jupiter, Venus and the Crescent Moon.  What was cool about this set-up was that I could also get the Pleiades in the same frame.  This was taken with my Nikon D300.  ISO-1600  f/5.6 for 5 seconds.  From bottom to top:  Jupiter, Venus, the Moon and the Pleiades.

Jupiter Red Spot Facts

jupiter red spot

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

Today, I want to take a closer look at Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.  I thought it would be fun if we discussed some Jupiter Red Spot Facts.  Ready?  Here we go!

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Amazing Winter Planetary Alignment

Looking West on February 25, 2012

If you love seeing spectacular celestial bodies getting close to one another, then get ready!  Just after sunset on February 25, 2012 there will be an amazing winter planetary alignment.   It really doesn’t get any easier than this my fellow space fans. Here are your instructions: when the sun goes down on February 25th, put your winter coat on (optional), go outside, take a deep breath, look to the west and say WOW!

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How are Planetary Rings Formed and Which Planets Have Them?

Saturn Rings

Planetary Rings around Saturn

Most of us have seen the pictures of the lone planet out in space with a dusty looking flat ring orbiting all of the way around it.  These rings seem both alien and intriguing – why is it that some planets have rings and our own Earth does not, and which planets in our solar system have such rings?

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