Viewing the Galilean moons

Named after their discoverer Galileo Galilei, the four moons which orbit around Jupiter are easily seen in binoculars and small telescopes.

The moons of Jupiter are some of the most fascinating things to observe in the night sky. The reason being is that they change their position from night to night and are relatively easy to see; a pair of 7×50 or 10×50 binoculars will show them well.

First recorded in 1610 by the Italian astronomer Galileo, the moons of Jupiter have proved to be an endless source of fascination for amateur and professional astronomers ever since. Jupiter, we now

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The rings of Jupiter

Did you know that Jupiter has rings like Saturn? Only recently have we been able to study them.

The gas giants Jupiter and Saturn have been known about and observed since ancient history. During the Renaissance period and with the dawn of the telescope, Saturn was characterised by its mesmerising ring system whereas Jupiter was the hulking brute of the Solar System, known for the swirling tempest blooming on its south equatorial belt that was later dubbed the Great Red Spot. Scientists identified a similar ring system on Uranus, so when Voyager 1 began its flyby of Jupiter in early

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Mission to JUPITER.

Sending humans to the largest planet in our Solar System might sound like something plucked from the annals of science fiction, but if the experts are to be believed it’s a goal that could be achieved this century.

«It’s my job to make sure Star Trek happens.» At first we’re sure Patrick Troutman is joking. He’s the human exploration strategic analysis lead at NASA’s Langley Research Center, a subset of America’s national space agency responsible for researching the technologies required to send humans into the unknown. And we’re not just talking Mars; Troutman and his team assess the possibilities of

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If Jupiter became a star, what would happen to the Solar System?

It is often said that Jupiter is a failed star – it is regularly mentioned that with a little extra material Jupiter may have started fusing and shining like a star. So what would happen if this occurred? The smallest star we know of is OGLE-TR-122b. This star is around 20% bigger than Jupiter but has around 96 times more mass. So what would happen if we replaced Jupiter with OGLE-TR-122b? Well, the first thing to consider would be how much brighter our skies might get. The answer to that is, not much. OGLE-TR-122b has a luminosity that is equivalent

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All About… EUROPA

Written by Shanna Freeman

This striking Jovian moon seems like a wasteland of ice, but may be capable of supporting life beneath its frozen exterior.

Jupiter has more confirmed moons than any other planet in the Solar System, with 67 natural satellites. However, just four moons make up more than 99 per cent of the total mass. These are the Galilean moons, so-named after their discoverer, Galileo Galilei. The smallest of these four, Europa, is Jupiter’s sixth-closest moon. It’s just a bit smaller than our Earth’s Moon, with a diameter of 3,122 kilometres (1,940 miles). Europa’s volume is 0.015 that

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Grand Parade of planets 6-7 August 2010

In the near future, namely the 6-7 August 2010 will be a very interesting astronomical phenomenon. As many as six planets — Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus will line up almost in a straight line (within 5 degrees) (perfectly straight lines with the participation of so many planets does not happen naturally, so the position of the planets within a few degrees is considered as one line) . Earth is positioned halfway between Jupiter and Uranus on the one hand and Venus, Mars and Saturn on the other.

From the Earth would look like this:

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Show the planets in one night

Show planets overnight Facts

This week the inhabitants of our planet will have the rare opportunity to see the major planets of the solar system in a single night.

Just after sunset on Dec. 21 in good weather in the south-eastern sky will be clear to consider the bright Venus just above the setting sun. Jupiter is located high in the south sky. In a telescope between Venus and Jupiter will be visible to Uranus and Neptune. Loop-line, which is formed by the planet, called the ecliptic, or the line of eclipses.

If you go early in the morning of

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In Ryazan, has opened a new sports club Hercules

19 September in Ryazan opened a new sports club "Hercules." It is located in a former furniture store down the street Zubkova opposite the Palace of Sports "Olympic".

Sports club "Hercules" is based on specialized youth sports school of Olympic reserve "Jupiter", which opened in 2004. In 2011, the "Jupiter" given the status of Sports School. Today it engage in sambo, judo, jiu-jitsu, taekwondo, melee combat and universal about three thousand young athletes. With them are 42 coaches, five of which have the title of Honored coach of Russia.

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On Jupiter's visible from the lake water

On Jupiter's visible from the lake water Facts

Figure 1. Under the ice cap of Europe showing signs of lake

On Europe, the icy moons of Jupiter, found clear evidence of the existence of underground lakes, comparable in size to the Great Lakes.

Planetary exploration spending, employee Geoinstituta Jackson (Branch, University of Texas at Austin) Britney Schmidt discovered cracks and depressions on the surface of Europe, called chaotic terrain. Such irregularities may be visible body of water bounded by ice.

Portrait: Researcher "lakes" of Europe Britney Schmidt from the University of Texas at Austin.

According to B. Schmit, they may

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Russia began to prepare the space mission to the satellite of Jupiter


Russia began to prepare the space mission to one of Jupiter's moons — Europe or Ganymede, the project can be implemented after 2020, told the director of the Space Research Institute (IKI), Academician Lev Zeleny.

"We, along with the Lavochkin preparing a mission to one of Jupiter's moons. On which of the satellites fly, is still unknown, the decision has not been taken ", — Said Green.

However, he did not say Russia will carry out this project on their own or with foreign partners.

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