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Close Approach of Jupiter

October 05, 2022

I tried to get photos of Jupiter's close approach to earth earlier but thanks to Nova Scotia's much loved fog and cloud I was not able to get any photos until October 3. The conditions are not the best near a city due to light pollution. I couldn't use a tripod due to vibration caused by wind. I used my telephoto lens perched on bean bags on my cars window sill, 1200mm, F13 and 0.6 second exposure and various speeds from 640 ISO to 6400 ISO.

The Galilean Moons are from left to right; Callisto, Ganymede, Europa and Io.

The following is from CNN:

Jupiter will make its closest approach to Earth in 59 years on Monday, September 26, according to NASA.

The largest planet in our solar system, the gas giant will be at opposition, meaning Earth is directly between it and the sun, said Trina L. Ray, deputy science manager for the Europa Clipper mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The space agency originally said Jupiter would be making its closest approach to Earth in 70 years, but corrected its statement after discovering the error, a NASA spokesperson said.

There will be about 367 million miles (590.6 million kilometers) between Earth and Jupiter, according to NASA. Jupiter is about 600 million miles (965.6 million kilometers) away from our home planet at its farthest point, the space agency said.

Jupiter is at opposition about every 13 months, the length of time the Earth takes to orbit the Sun in relation to Jupiter, according to EarthSky.

Neither Earth nor Jupiter orbits the sun in a perfect circle, which is what makes each opposition a slightly different distance, said Ray, who is also NASA’s investigation scientist for the Radar for Europa Assessment and Sounding: Ocean to Near-surface, or REASON.

I used the moon to set my telephoto lens on infinity.

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Jupiter, with left to right Callisto, Ganymede, Europa and Io

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