Jupiter and attendant moons
Jupiter and moons
Contributor: Hans van der Merwe, Auke Slotegraaf
Location: Jurg Wagener's "Sterland" in Sutherland.
Equipment Celestron 11-inch SCT GPS, Foton AstroCam V1.
Processing: 120 video frames (720x480px, 30 fps) stacked and processed with Registax 5. Levels adjusted with Photoshop.
Date: 2009 August 22.
Delightful Jupiter with its cloud bands, oriented so that the planet's north pole is at top-right. The relatively well-behaved Southern Equatorial Belt stands in nice contrast to the more irregular Northern Equatorial Belt. The two Galilean moons are Europa (nearest Jupiter in the image, magnitude 5.1) and Io (magnitude 4.9). At the time the image was taken, Europa was actually some 645 000 km above Jupiter's whirling gas surface, while Io was about 350 000 km from the cloud tops. The trio was 604 million km away from the front surface of the CCD chip used to image them.
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