Welcome to the BAA Jupiter section web pages.

Here you'll find a wealth of information about how to observe the Solar System's largest Planet. You'll also find guides on observing and imaging, recent reports and in-depth publications regarding Jovian activity.

If you are looking for an introduction to the planet Jupiter, click GUIDES

  For advice on observing Jupiter, click  PROGRAMME

  For recent Jupiter weather reports, click REPORTS

  Looking for most recent images of Jupiter visit LINKS

  For definitive published reports click  REFERENCE ARTICLES

  For section publications click PUBLICATIONS

  For maps of the Jovian Moons click HERE

 

             LAST UPDATE: Dec 4th, 2014.

                     Jovian mutual phenomena in 2014/15

 This autumn, Jupiter’s moons will begin a series of mutual eclipses and
occultations (mutual phenomena or ‘PheMus’).  Predictions by Jean Meeus
have been posted by the BAA Computing Section at:
    http://britastro.org/computing/handbooks_jocc2014.html
   
http://britastro.org/computing/handbooks_jecl2014.html
   
http://britastro.org/computing/applets_jupiter.html


Last time these occurred, in 2009, observers were able to produce the
first resolved movies of the events, as you can see on Marc Delcroix’s
web page:
    http://www.astrosurf.com/planetessaf/occultations/

Some recent views of the giant planet (all with south up):

(a) Drawing by Mario Frassati (Italy), 2002 Jan.12. Visual observers can still record interesting changes on the planet.  At this time there was notable colour in the NEB (reddish) and northern EZ (dull yellowish).  The Great Red Spot is near the right-hand edge.

(b) Image by Damian Peach (Barbados), 2006 April 14, using a Celestron-14 with Lumenera 075M camera.  Io and its shadow are crossing in front of the NEB north edge. The GRS is on the right, with streaks orbiting within it.

(c) Image by Donald C. Parker (Florida), 2006 July 10.  The newly-reddened oval BA was passing the GRS and appears just above it.

(d) Image in the methane band (890 nm infrared), also by Don Parker, taken 7 minutes after (c).  Methane images show the high cloud decks overlying the GRS and oval BA and the polar regions.

(e) Falso-colour image by Tomio Akutsu (Philippines), 2006 July 1, using a Celestron-11 with ToUcan II  camera. This combines images in methane band (red), near-infrared continuum (green), and ultraviolet (blue). High cloud decks appear red.

 


 

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