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Jupiter and Uranus

I was up in Flagstaff on Friday night and decided to visit Lowell Observatory.  Near the top of Mars Hill is a little pullout where you can stop and look down at Flagstaff.  I snapped a pic of the Moon and Jupiter rising over the city.

A little later in the evening, I slapped the 250mm zoom lens on my camera to try a close up of Jupiter.  Although it won’t win any awards, it was interesting.

You can see the four Galilean Moons…one is almost caught in the glare on the left side of Jupiter.  Look to the upper left of Jupiter and you see a little blue disk. That is the planet Uranus which is very close to Jupiter right now.  If you look at Jupiter in binoculars, you should be able to pick out Uranus pretty easily.  And if you have a camera with a good zoom, you can try taking a picture of them!

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September 26, 2010 - Posted by | Astrophotography, Observing, Solar System

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