Jupiter in 2012-2013 

Observing Sites: Selsey, UK. +5043' N, 0047" W and Souni, Cyprus +3352' N, 3330' E.

Opposition date: December 1st, 2012. Apparent Opposition Diameter: 48.39". Declination:+2122'. Constellation: Taurus.

 

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Jupiter on April 26th, 2013. The final session of the apparition. Very good seeing but the scope wasn't cooled enough due to being driven upto high altitude. None the less plenty can still be seen across the planet, with Oval BA prominent.


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Jupiter on April 25th, 2013. Fair to poor seeing. The turbulent region following the GRS is presented, while the GRS itself sits on the limb.


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Jupiter on April 23rd, 2013. Poor to fair seeing. Spot Z can be see just off to the left along the NEB northern edge. 


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Jupiter on April 21st, 2013. Fair seeing. Spot Z is seen just going off at right. Turbulent activity within the SEB and prominent blue festoons on the NEB south edge.


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Jupiter on April 19th, 2013. Fair seeing conditions. A nice array of SSTC white ovals can be seen. A nice white rift in the NEB.


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Jupiter on April 18th, 2013. Good seeing. The region following the GRS is presented with the turbulent wake visible off to the right. Spot Z is seen just coming onto the disk.


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Jupiter on April 17th, 2013. Fair to good seeing. Oval BA is prominent in the south showing its orange colouration. Turbulent dark region of STB following it.


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Jupiter on April 16th, 2013. Fair seeing. The giant oval white spot Z is prominent in the NEB. Very quiet across the southern hemisphere.


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Jupiter on April 15th, 2013. Fair seeing but clouds rapidly encroaching prevented anything more. The GRS can be seen with the peculiar pale spot in the SEB just ahead of it.


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Jupiter on April 14th, 2013. Poor to fair seeing conditions. Io and shadow in transit.


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Jupiter on April 13th, 2013. Fair to good seeing. The first test of a new ASI120MM camera. The planet is now much smaller in angular size than back in December making fine detail harder to resolve. The GRS can be seen just heading off with turbulent wake following.


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Jupiter rotation movie, Dec 2012. A complete rotation of Jupiter from late December 2012.


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The entire face of Jupiter, December 2012. A cylindrical projection map showing the entire face of the planet from late December 2012.


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Jupiter on January 11th, 2013. Pretty good seeing. The GRS and following turbulent region are nicely on view.


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Jupiter on January 10th, 2013. Poor seeing. Io and Ganymede are just moving into a double transit event in the second image.


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Jupiter on January 5th, 2013. Fair to good seeing. Note the bright northern spot in the Methane image. This corresponds to a small red spot in the colour image alongside.


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Jupiter on January 4th, 2013. Good seeing. The GRS and following turbulent region are well seen. Also note the small red spot in the northern hemisphere is on view to the upper left.


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Jupiter on January 3rd, 2013. Good seeing. A rare double shadow transit of Io and Ganymede. Note the different size shadows and corresponding moons alongside the planet.


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Jupiter on January 2nd, 2013. Mostly poor seeing. The region following the GRS is presented. Note the little red spot in the northern hemisphere.


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Jupiter on January 1st, 2013. Poor to fair seeing. The GRS and Oval BA are well placed. Note the array of white ovals passing Oval BA to the south.


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Jupiter on December 31st, 2012. Poor seeing so only Red filter images were obtained. Europa and its shadow are in transit.


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Jupiter on December 30th, 2012. Fair to good seeing. The GRS and following turbulent region is prominent. Note how bright the GRS and Oval BA appear in the Methane filter images as these storms are covered by high altitude ammonia ice.


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Jupiter on December 29th, 2012. Good seeing. The two large ovals on the northern edge of the NEB are the most prominent features. Also plenty of white rifts throughout the NEB itself.


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Jupiter on December 27th, 2012. Very good seeing. Oval BA is prominent with the GRS appearing around the limb.


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Jupiter on December 26th, 2012. Very good seeing. Turbulent disturbed region on the NTB. Note the large ovals on the NEB north edge and white rifts throughout the NEB.


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Jupiter on December 25th, 2012. Fair seeing. The GRS is central with Oval BA headed off.


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Partial rotation movie - November 21st, 2012.


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Jupiter on November 21st, 2012. Good seeing. The GRS is visible with trailing turbulent region. In the north the NNTZ Little Red Spot is prominent.


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Jupiter on November 18th, 2012. Fair to good seeing, peaking for the red light image. The GRS and Oval BA are prominent.


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Jupiter on November 11th, 2012. Average seeing again. Oval BA is rotating into view at bottom left.


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Jupiter on November 2nd, 2012. Average seeing and very windy. The GRS and Oval BA are well seen.


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The entire face of Jupiter in October 2012.


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The entire face of Jupiter. From South Carolina, USA. October 10-13th. With Jim Phillips and Dave Tyler.


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Jupiter on October 14th, 2012. From the Isle of Palma, SC, USA with Jim Phillips and Dave Tyler. 10" F/14.6 Astrophysics Maksutov. Fair seeing.


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Jupiter on October 13th, 2012. From the Peach State Star Gaze in GA, USA with Dan Llewellyn and Rich Jakiel. Celestron C14. Poor to fair seeing.


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Jupiter on October 12th, 2012. From South Carolina, USA with Jim Phillips and Dave Tyler. 10" F/9 TMB Apochromat. Very good seeing.


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Jupiter on October 11th, 2012. From the Isle of Palma, SC, USA with Jim Phillips and Dave Tyler. 10" F/14.6 Astrophysics Maksutov. Good seeing.


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Jupiter on October 10th, 2012. From the Isle of Palma, SC, USA with Jim Phillips and Dave Tyler. 10" F/14.6 Astrophysics Maksutov. Good seeing.


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Jupiter on September 30th, 2012. Poor to fair seeing. Little to report across this hemisphere.


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Jupiter on September 29th, 2012. Fair to good seeing. Ganymede nearby showing surface detail. Turbulent rifting within the SEB.


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Jupiter on September 19th, 2012. Fair to good seeing. The GRS and Oval BA are well presented. Note how bright they both appear in the Methane band image at right - an indicator of the high altitude ammonia ice clouds that cover these storms.


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Jupiter on September 17th, 2012. Good seeing. The region following the GRS is presented here with lots of turbulent activity within the SEB.


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Jupiter on September 15th, 2012. Good seeing. Lots of turbulent activity across the planet. Note the long lived red spot in the northern temperate latitudes.


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Jupiter on September 8th, 2012. Fair seeing again. Lots of turbulent activity across the planet.


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Jupiter on September 7th, 2012. Fair seeing. Oval BA has almost reached conjunction with the GRS. Note how much more colourful it appears than the GRS itself.


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Jupiter on September 4th, 2012. Fair seeing. Ganymede can be seen in transit across the southern hemisphere.


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Jupiter on August 19th, 2012. Fair seeing conditions. The GRS and Oval BA are prominent. Note how pale the GRS appears in colour compared to Oval BA which appears as a distinct orange donut just to the south of the GRS.


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Jupiter on August 18th, 2012. Some periods of very good seeing conditions. Much turbulent activity across the entire planet. Again the prominent orange Equatorial band stands out. The NEB to NTB remains in a chaotic state!


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Jupiter on August 11th, 2012. Good seeing. Lots of turbulent activity across the disk. Note the prominent orange coloured equatorial belt.


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Jupiter on August 10th, 2012. Good seeing. Ganymede is nearby showing surface detail. Very turbulent NEB to NTB with a deep orange component to the NTBs.


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Jupiter on August 9th, 2012. Fair seeing. The pale looking GRS has just come into view at left. Very turbulent NEB-NTB.


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Jupiter on August 1st, 2012. Good seeing. A double transit of  Io and Europa is just ending.


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Jupiter on July 26th, 2012. Poor to fair seeing. The GRS is centre looking extremely pale in colour compared to previous years.


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Jupiter on July 25th, 2012. Fair seeing. A dark south tropical band is present while a prominent blue feature is apparent on the southern edge of the NEB.


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Jupiter on July 24th, 2012. Fair seeing. The GRS headed off with Oval BA following close by. The NTB to NEB looks extremely turbulent.


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Jupiter on July 23rd, 2012. Fair to good seeing. Ganymede in transit across the southern hemisphere.


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Jupiter on July 22nd, 2012. Fair seeing but again only an IR image was obtained. The NEB is very turbulent with dark spots on the NEB southern edge.


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Jupiter on June 19th, 2012. The first session of the new apparition. Obtained in full daylight conditions about 3hrs after sunrise. Dramatic changes have occurred to the NEB and NTB compared to last apparition.

 

 


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