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Astrophotography :: Jupiter Nearing Opposition

Astrophotography :: Jupiter Nearing Opposition

The featured photo for this post, from NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day page, was posted in recognition of Jupiter nearing opposition. The caption, from NASA, is as follows: 

On October 29 (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. This sharp snapshot of Jupiter was captured on October 13 with the 1 meter telescope at the Pic Du Midi mountain top observatory in the French Pyrenees.

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