Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Jupiter and Moon Conjunction

There is always something happening in the sky or rather beyond. Jupiter and the Moon are in conjunction as we speak.

TheWatchers suggests When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look east. Jupiter and the waxing full Moon are in conjunction less than 7 degrees apart. Even though this is meant for yesterday, the conjunction can still be seen today and a day or two afterwards after sunset.

Although they look close together, Jupiter is 1,550 times farther away — and 40 times larger in diameter. In a telescope, Jupiter’s tiny moon Io casts its shadow on the planet’s face from 8:54 to 11:04 p.m. EST. Then Jupiter’s Great Red Spot crosses the planet’s central meridian around 12:17 a.m. EST. (Sky&Telescope)

Source: TheWatchers

1 comment:

  1. Oh I should have seen this! My planet is Jupiter. Did you see it yourself?