Look up and check out Jupiter

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  1. Jon_B

    Jon_B Screenwriter

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    I didn't see anyone else post about this...so check it out.
    http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/2001...jupiter_1.html
    Planet Jupiter at Brightest in Years
    By ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press Writer
    MIAMI (AP) - Revelers ringing in the New Year under a clear sky will be treated to a rare sight alongside the fireworks: Jupiter at its closest and brightest.
    The largest planet in the solar system will be directly overhead at midnight on New Year's Eve, according to astronomer Jack Horkheimer. The ringed planet Saturn also will be visible, and both will be joined in the sky by the almost full moon.
    ``If you're in New York City watching the apple drop, you'll be able to see Jupiter above the apple,'' said Horkheimer, executive director of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium. ``In London ... Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Jupiter will be overhead.''
    Horkheimer said Jupiter's position will be in opposition, or directly opposite the sun as seen from Earth. That means it will be brightly illuminated, especially for viewers in the Northern Hemisphere, he said.
    The last time the gaseous planet with the large red spot was in opposition and overhead at midnight on New Year's Eve was in 1752, and the next time will be in 2084.
    ``If you miss it this time, you're going to have to be awfully young to see it again,'' Horkheimer said.
    When the sun sets on Monday, Jupiter will rise in the northeast and will slowly climb in the sky until it reaches its highest point at midnight.
    The almost full moon will trail Jupiter to the east, ``bathing the landscape in brilliant cosmic light,'' Horkheimer said.
    Sky-gazers also will be able to see Saturn, the second-largest planet, nearby.
    ``People will be able to see more bright objects in the sky than they probably ever do,'' said Horkheimer, who has been an astronomer for 35 years and is the host of the television show ``Star Gazer.''
    ``It's kind of a poetic way to tell us that perhaps next year will be a lot brighter than the past year,'' said Horkheimer.
    Jon
     
  2. Sean Conklin

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    Cool Jon, I love astronomy.

    I just went outside and saw it as the clouds are starting to break up. It is really bright and straight overhead. Do you have a good view there in Eastern Montana? Or is it cloudy?
     
  3. Jon_B

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    Clear skies here. That was until everyone starting shooting off fireworks. [​IMG] It was pretty bright though.
    Jon
     
  4. Liam S

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    Clear skies for me last night and tonight. If you haven't seen it yet and you want to, don't worry. It's typically the 4th brightest object in the sky (after the sun, moon, and Venus), but will slowly start to dim more.
    http://www.lightandmatter.com/area2planet.shtml is a cool site that tells you what planets are visible if you enter your location and time. (click the "naked-eye planets only" box to make sure any changes take effect)
    If you have binoculars, see when Jupiter will be high in the sky, then go outside, lie on the ground and look at Jupiter through the binoculars. If you hold them steady enough, you should be able to see some or all of the 4 Galilean moons. They will look like dim stars and in the same plane as the curve connecting the moon, jupiter, and saturn. Use this picture to get an idea of what it will look like. But with binoculars, Jupiter will only be a bright small dot.
     

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