Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Jupiter in hiding.....


This wasn't the post I had prepared for today, but when P called me outside last night at (roughly) 8pm I knew that I'd have to record and show you this rather peculiar happening around the moon, I've never seen anything like it before. Knowing that Bill's latest acquisition is a 150 - 500 lens (Sigma) I thought he would probably get a clearer picture than I. He did. He climbed up onto his roof, tripod in hand and captured these two fantastic images, the second shot an hour after the first, merci beaucoup Bill, and P for spotting it. So here's the thing, I'd be hard pressed to explain an 'occultation' under normal circumstances, but with 'le grande mal de tête', impossible! So I shall let The Perth Observatory do it for me (below). Hope your week has started well, catch up tomorrow..Happy Tuesday, take care....

An event that you can more easily observe is the occultation (hiding) of Jupiter by the moon on Monday evening. At nightfall on Monday the first quarter moon will pass between Earth and Jupiter. Jupiter's disappearance at the dark right-hand edge of the moon is quite dramatic. As the moon moves along in its orbit, Jupiter will reappear at the bright left-hand edge: the moon traverses its own width in about an hour. This occultation will be visible across southern Australia.

52 comments:

  1. Very good shots Grace..... nice done again.

    greetings and i wish you a nice week.

    Joop

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  2. They are terrific indeed, Grace! There has been some weird/fascinating things happening in the skies lately! Hope your week is off to a great start!

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  3. Sooooooooo impressive! and beautiful!

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  4. I love this kind of thing! What luck that it was so clear.

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  5. Very cool. Wasn't there a song about the moon and Jupiter?

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  6. Great moon shots, Grace!

    P.S. I love your new profile pic.

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  7. By Jupiter, as the old Romans would say! Smashing! Wonder if I could have done as good with my 450mm.

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  8. I hope you feel better soon! These photos are amazing - kudos to Bill - I find astronomy and the skies so fascinating.

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  9. wow, fantastic photos of the moon a little hiding Jupiter. Thanks for sharing these!

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  10. Wow! What a truly amazing sight. Wish I had my old astronomy professor here to explain this to me. Great photos!

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  11. It was a pleasure being mooned, thank you... (excellent pics by the way)

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  12. I'm completely gobsmacked! Magnificent photos, magnificent sight!

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  13. As a longtime amateur astronomer, I love, love, LOVE these shots! Thank you, Grace!

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  14. These shots are magnificent and the information amazing. thanks Grace!

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  15. Shrinking life to its real, its important size.

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  16. A truly heavenly object. You know, I thought occultation was something women experienced.... oh never mind.

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  17. It was an amazing photo. I'd like to obtain at least some similar as you.

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  18. I still don't understand but I like the photos.

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  19. Amazing shots. Climbing on the roof with a tripod sounds a bit dangerous. Take care Bill.

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  20. You are very skilled at photography, these are wonderful shots! :)
    Spectacular post!
    Léia

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  21. Those are amazing photos, so sharp, I can see the men on the moon!

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  22. I saw it and called out to hubby to come and look but like an idiot didn't get the camera out. I didn't realise it was a rare event, until I read about it in this mornings paper. Great shots.

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  23. How lucky, I didn't even know about it until I heard about it in the news a couple of hours ago.

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  24. Wow!!! Very nice shots. That is really cool. Thanks for sharing that one!

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  25. We don't have too many kangaroos in our German parks, you definitely find more dog turds there... ;-)

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    But to see the Jupiter next to the moon was really spectacularly! Great post, great photos!

    Uwe.

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  26. Wow Grace. These are spectacular. So clear and crisp. A 150 mm to 500 mm zoom. I am impressed.

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