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Jupiter and its moons

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posted on Oct, 7 2008 @ 07:49 PM
I have a pretty good idea that I am posting this in the incorrect forum. I couldn't find one titled Astronomy 101 or the like so please forgive me.

My problem:
Recently Jupiter has been quite pronounced and notable in the southern sky. I was telling a friend of mine this and on a clear moonless night I could even show him the moons orbiting Jupiter. He agreed that it was Jupiter but said there is no way you can see the moons with the naked eye. Every night I look up at Jupiter and its almost like you could chart their orbits so I find this hard to believe. We don't use telescopes just our less than perfect vision.

Could any astronomers help to clear up this dilemna?

Thanks in advance.

posted on Oct, 7 2008 @ 07:55 PM
I dragged your thread over the Space exploration.

To answer your question: Maybe.
Perfect night, and perfect might.
With some very low powered binoculars the Galilean moons, IO, Callisto, Europa, and Ganymede are all visible.
I've even photographed them with a digital camera. No detail whatsoever but, a few photos taken over a short period of time, will reveal their motions. Little pinpoints of light that change positions.

[edit on 7-10-2008 by spacedoubt]

posted on Oct, 7 2008 @ 08:17 PM
The moon is kind of in the way tonight but I swear you can see several moons. Some appear much further than others. I can count about 4 or 5. Maybe I need to bust out the binoculars which I will do shortly and report back.

posted on Oct, 7 2008 @ 08:29 PM
The four largest moons of Jupiter are bright enough to be seen with the naked eye but two of them are probably too close to Jupiter to be visually separated. Ganymede and Callisto may be visible under very good viewing conditions but it's unlikely that Io and Europa could be spotted.

posted on Oct, 7 2008 @ 08:37 PM
reply to post by spacedoubt

Perfect night, and perfect might.

Dude...American Idol try outs are done, but next season isn't too far off.

As for the OP, Phage might be on too something, as well as yourself...

Can you imagine if one of these celestial bodies turns out to be a Command Center?!

$hit is gonna hit the fan!

Time for another shot of the Grey Goo...

posted on Oct, 7 2008 @ 08:39 PM
Hahahahah, I took my binoculars outside. hahahhahah, can't stop laughing at these ridiculous photos. This is what you get when you try to take a digital picture through a binocular lens.

Well, if you'd like to take a look at my horrible pictures feel free.

If only I could hold the camera and binoculars still. hahahahaha what fun. I might make an art project out of it.

[edit on 7-10-2008 by ElGatoLoco698]

[edit on 7-10-2008 by ElGatoLoco698]

posted on Oct, 7 2008 @ 08:50 PM
Even back in July, I was astonished to see Jupiter's moons through my binoculars. I remember as a kid looking through a telescope and being able to make them out, but never otherwise. Like you said, I can also see them with the naked eye - they're faint dots along a small diagonal plane stretching from Jupiter's lower left to the upper right.

posted on Oct, 8 2008 @ 12:00 AM
reply to post by ElGatoLoco698

That's hilarious! Thanks for the laugh.

You can buy a camera mount for most telescopes.

As to the topic ... Jupiter is visible with the naked eye, but not the moons, at least not for me. I'd imagine you have to be real far from light pollution to see them.

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