It’s been nearly two months since I was last able to image the great gas giant. It’s much closer to opposition now and has grown to a whopping 47.6″ in apparent diameter. If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry. It just means we’re getting about as close to the big planet as we will for this year and it’s quite an impressive sight through a telescope.
After weathering Hurricane Sandy, a glancing nor’easter, and weeks of clouds, conditions were good last night. Here’s Jupiter with the Great Red Spot (GRS) just rotating into view, with Oval BA (Red Spot, Jr.) and the interesting dark oval that’s been “following” if for the past few months just out in front.
Click on the images to enlarge to full size. I’ll be adding more images from this session as processing time permits.
And and IR (742nm+) image.
And one with the multispectral channels included.