Jupiter in 2014-2015 

Observing Sites: Hamble-le-rice, Hampshire, UK.

Opposition date: February 8th, 2014. Apparent Opposition Diameter: 45.50". Declination:+1739'. Constellation: Cancer

 

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A Year on Jupiter This montage shows Jupiter over the course of an entire Jovian year (roughly 12 earth years) taken between 2003 to 2015.


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Great Red Spot in 1879 vs 2015. A simulated image created from my own images to accurately show how the GRS appeared in the 1880s compared to present day. Its massive reduction in size is striking. Back in those days the spot was 36,000km in length, while today spans just over 15,000km.


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April 23rd, 2015. Very good seeing conditions. Despite being well past opposition some very fine detail is resolved. The GRS is well seen with active turbulent region following behind it.


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April 15th, 2015. Fair seeing conditions. The GRS is nicely seen with SSTC white ovals to the south.


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April 13th, 2015. Very good seeing conditions. The GRS is central with Io and shadow in transit.


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April 9th, 2015. Fair seeing conditions. The region following the GRS and white spot Z are seen in these images.


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April 8th, 2015. Very good seeing conditions. The GRS is well placed with Europa in transit just above it. Note the phase on Europa as a result of the illumination angle close to quadrature.


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April 7th, 2015. Good seeing conditions. Oval BA is seen with SSTC ovals nearby. Ganymede just off the planet casting its large shadow upon the cloud tops.


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March 22nd, 2015. Poor seeing conditions. Oval BA is seen with SSTC ovals nearby.


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Complete rotation movie. Complete rotation of the planet obtained during our stay.


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Complete map of Jupiter. Complete map of the planet obtained during our stay.


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GRS rotating over a single rotation. Only the second time this has ever been done and the first time based soley on a single observers images. The rotation of the GRS can be seen as it passed across the disk on February 26th.


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February 25th, 2015. Very good conditions. Io and shadow in transit.


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February 26th, 2015. Very good conditions. The GRS is well placed with turbulent region following.


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February 28th, 2015. A brief spell of very good conditions. Oval BA is central with GRS just appearing on the limb.


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March 2nd, 2015. Very good conditions. Lots of storm visible across this hemisphere. Note the array of white SSTC ovals in the south, while the NNTB shows a string of dark jetstream spots.


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March 3rd, 2015. Average conditions. A lucky shot through a cloud gap in otherwise cloudy skies. The GRS coming on while Ganymede is seen in transit across the planet.


 

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March 4th, 2015. Very good conditions. Oval BA, Io in transit and the GRS are all seen in these images.


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March 5th, 2015. A very brief period of very good conditions. Oval BA is close to centre.


 

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March 6th, 2015. Good conditions. The region following the GRS is seen which itself has just passed over the limb. Europa is seen alongside the planet.


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March 7th, 2015. Good conditions for a brief time. Oval BA is well placed in this view. Again only a brief spell of good conditions on this night.


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March 8th, 2015. Average conditions. The GRS is heading off at right.


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March 9th, 2015. Some good conditions at times but allot of cloud. White Spot Z is nicely seen in the first image on the NEBn edge near upper right.


 

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March 10th, 2015. Very good conditions. The GRS is nicely placed with Ganymede approaching transit showing surface markings.


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Jupiter on February 18th, 2015. Fair seeing. Oval BA is seen just appearing at left. Several white SSTB ovals are clearly seen. Some fine rifting within the NEB.


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Jupiter on February 17th, 2015. Very poor seeing. The GRS can be seen just going off the disk.


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Jupiter on February 9th, 2015. Poor seeing. The GRS can be seen just coming onto the disk. Callisto and its shadow are visible in transit.


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Jupiter on January 17th, 2015. Fair to good seeing. The GRS can be seen just heading off the disk with turbulent region following.


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Jupiter on December 30th, 2014. Good seeing. Lots of interesting features can be seen. Oval BA is nicely placed with several SSTC ovals passing by to the south. The GRS colour remains intense, and this was also apparent visually at 350x, The NNTB is dark with various spots within it.


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Jupiter on December 29th, 2014. Mostly poor seeing. Little of note across this hemisphere. White spot Z is prominent on the NEB.


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Jupiter on October 28th, 2014. The first session of the new apparition. The GRS remains strongly coloured as during the previous apparition.

 


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