posted on Dec, 31 2012 @ 09:33 AM
Originally posted by ZIPMATT
Originally posted by eriktheawful
Jupiter is basically across the solar system from Saturn right now. Jupiter also takes 11 years to go around the sun, unlike Mercury, Venus, Mars and
our own planet that take a much shorter time, and who's movement is much, much more easy to see on a daily basis.
You forgot to mention the movemnt of the moon however - and OUR planet take 1 year to orbit the sun -
therby a quarter of a year would mean the _apparent location of Jupiter would have shifted by a lot - which it hasnt
And with this post right here, shows how very little you understand of planetary motion, parallax and the location of objects within our solar
Jupiter moves a LOT slower than us. Jupiter is located a LOT further away from the sun and is a LOT further away than any of the inner planets.
As we move around the sun, our view of the stars do change with the seasons, that is why after a while we no longer get to see certain constellations
(or planets for that mater) because of how we are moving around the sun.
Jupiter's position in the solar system right now helps it line up with Aldebaran right now, and because it moves much slower than us, will not appear
to move a whole lot in it's 11 year orbit. It has moved, a little bit here and there if you've been watching.
As we orbit around the sun, where it is in the sky will be blinded out by the sun, until next fall. And during that time it will have moved so that
when we see it again then, it will not be near Aldebaran anymore.
Jupiter has a inclination to the solar plane of only 1.3 degrees. But because the Earth has a 23 deg axial tilt, the sun will look lower in the sky
during the Northern Hemisphere's winter, but at night my dear friend, it will make planets like Jupiter higher in the sky, all because of that 23 deg
axial tilt. If you could see Jupiter during the summer when the sun is out, it would appear LOWER in the sky, thanks to that tilt.
The moon orbits US not the sun.