Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Jupiter Lost it's Moons?? (take a look Sept 2-3)

September 2nd through the 3rd. One will be able to see Jupiter without Moons. Jupiter can usually be seen with all or some of its four largest moons in binoculars and small telescopes however this is a very rare occurrence for it to be seen otherwise. But late on this night in most of the Western Hemisphere, the planet will be visible with no moons for nearly two hours.

Go take a look and let me know by posting a comment if you see this.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy_calendar_current.html


Risk said...

I was able to observe the moons disappearance. The last one to disappear was Ganymede and I was able to see it as a bright white spot on the eastern limb of the Jupiter disk after it was completely within the disk. About 15 minutes later, the shadow transit of Europa began.

This was from my backyard in Helotes, TX.