Thursday, September 30, 2010

Drops of Jupiter

Drops of Jupiter, originally uploaded by Della Huff Photography.

One of the awesome things about this year's harvest moonrise was that it rose in conjunction with Jupiter, which looks incredibly bright right now since it’s at its closest distance to Earth since 1963.

Every 399 days, Earth and Jupiter come into an astronomical formation called opposition. This month, Earth is nearly directly in a line between the sun and Jupiter.

Here are some more fun facts about Jupiter:

- Jupiter is the fastest spinning planet in the Solar System. Its day is only 10-hours long.
- Jupiter is a gas planet held together by a massive gravity field.
- Jupiter is essentially a sun, but without the nuclear reaction at its core required to produce light.
- Jupiter has been visited seven times by spacecraft from Earth.

Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 24-70L, f/22 @ 10s, ISO 500. No filters.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The world has been enjoying the nightly show of the phenomenal combo of the Harvest Moon, and Jupiter lighting up the night skies as you so aptly captured.

Music of the spheres? "SOUNDS of Jupiter" -audio files from NASA’s Voyager craft.