Jupiter in 2011-2012 

Observing Site: Selsey, UK. +5043' N, 0047" W. 

Opposition date: October 29th, 2011. Apparent Opposition Diameter: 49.69". Declination:+1245'. Constellation: Aries.

 

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Jupiter on March 3rd, 2012. The final image of the apparition. Note the NEB appears very settled and narrow. GRS pale.


 

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Jupiter on March 1st, 2012. Fair seeing. The GRS and following turbulent region are well seen.


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Jupiter on February 19th, 2012. Poor to fair seeing. Note the very dark sector of NNTB visible.


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Jupiter on February 11th, 2012. Very good seeing. The GRS and following turbulent region are well seen.


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Jupiter on February 10th, 2012. Fair seeing. Three dark NEBn barges are prominent.


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Jupiter on February 2nd, 2012. Very good seeing. Lots of fine detail visible across this hemisphere with two dark NEBn barges apparent and a folded filamentary region in the SSTB between the two white ovals.


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Jupiter on February 1st, 2012. Excellent seeing and bitterly cold. Ganymede is seen in transit with Europa just off disk casting a shadow onto the planet. GRS prominent.


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Jupiter on January 26th, 2012. Poor seeing. Rather quiet across this hemisphere between Oval BA and the GRS.


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Jupiter on January 16th, 2012. Fair seeing. Oval BA is well seen close to the meridian.


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Jupiter on January 15th, 2012. Fair seeing again. Io is seen in transit across the SEB just following the GRS.


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Jupiter on January 13th, 2012. Fair seeing. The region following the GRS is nicely seen.


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Jupiter on January 11th, 2012. Good seeing conditions. Oval BA is nicely seen.


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Jupiter on December 27th, 2011. Good seeing. Oval BA is visible on the disk its orange colouration having become more prominent again. Ganymede is seen approaching transit showing various markings on its surface.


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Jupiter on November 23rd, 2011. Very poor seeing. Quite a stark difference from the view three nights earlier! The GRS is headed off. Note the very dark barge on the NEBn.


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Jupiter on November 20th, 2011. Animation showing the GRS crossing the disk.


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Jupiter on November 20th, 2011. Some excellent seeing on this night with a wonderful view visually at the end of the session with the GRS headed off. A wealth of fine detail is visible across the Planet.


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Jupiter on November 19th, 2011. More very good seeing. Oval BA rotating off the disk. Note some intricate details visible in the northern and southern hemispheres. White spot Z is prominent on the NEBn in the first image. The massive storm has been present on Jupiter for well over a decade and shows no signs of abating.


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Jupiter on November 18th, 2011. Very good seeing. The GRS is well placed showing some interesting internal detail. The turbulent post GRS region shows many swirls and spots. Note the very dark barge just left of centre in the NEB.


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Jupiter on November 17th, 2011. Some very good seeing. The prominent dark NEBn barge is prominent. The feature is a low pressure devoid devoid of high clouds which is one of the reasons it appears so dark. IR observations show it to be a very dry region of the Jovian atmosphere.


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Jupiter on November 16th, 2011. Shot during a brief gap in the clouds. Oval BA is nicely visible though looking rather faded compared to earlier in the apparition. Note the dark NEBn barges.


A complete rotation of Jupiter - September 2011. A complete rotation of the Planet made from images obtained during September 2011.


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Map of the entire Planet - September 2011. A map created from my images obtained during late September showing the entire face of the Planet.


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Jupiter on November 10th, 2011. After ten days of cloudiness finally a brief clear spell. Poor seeing and transparency but none the less some nice detail visible around the GRS.


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Jupiter on November 1st, 2011. A brief window of fair seeing. Two prominent NEBn barges, Note the difference between the two in how dark and defined they appear, with the barge at right far more dark and defined. GRS is just going off the disk at right.


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Jupiter on October 31st, 2011. Good seeing but very poor transparency. The dark NEBn barge is very prominent with turbulent activity in the NTB.


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Jupiter on October 22nd, 2011. Fair seeing. The GRS is central. Its length measured from these images is 17,700km making it around half as long as it was back in 1890.


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Jupiter on October 16th, 2011. Poor seeing. The two dark NEBn barges are the most prominent features with the dark array of NNTBs spots prominent in the far northern latitudes.


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Jupiter on October 15th, 2011. Very good seeing. A wealth of fine detail visible across the Planet including some interesting fine structure across the southern latitudes. The GRS is just appearing on the disk at lower left.


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Jupiter on October 3rd, 2011. Fair seeing. Ganymede's shadow is transit across the far southern latitudes of the Planet. Ganymede itself is off at left showing surface markings.


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Jupiter on October 2nd, 2011. Fair seeing. Oval BA is prominent on the meridian. An array of NNTBs spots is prominent in the northern hemisphere. with some fine structure to the NTB latitudes apparent.


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Jupiter on October 1st, 2011. Very good seeing. A wealth of fine detail visible across the planet. The primary dark barge is prominent with the GRS coming onto the disk.


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Jupiter on September 30th, 2011. Fair seeing once again. Not much of note across this hemisphere. A couple of smaller dark NEBn barges are apparent with an array of dark NTB spots.


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Jupiter on September 29th, 2011. Fair seeing. The two dark barges following the GRS region are prominent with the GRS right at the limb. Two prominent SSTC ovals are visible in the south.


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Jupiter on September 28th, 2011. Good seeing. A rare transit of Io passing across the GRS is seen in these images with Io's dark shadow cast onto the cloud tops. The prominent dark NEBn barge is again striking in appearance. A movie made from my images of this event is above.


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Jupiter on September 27th, 2011. Fair seeing. Two prominent dark NEBn barges are prominent. Oval BA is visible at lower left in the image at left. Several dark spots along the NNTBs.


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Jupiter on September 25th, 2011. Good seeing again. Not many prominent features of note across this hemisphere of Jupiter. The image of Ganymede shows various surface features.


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Jupiter on September 24th, 2011. Good seeing. The GRS is nicely placed with its turbulent following region looking impressive. The dark NEBn barges are also striking.


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Jupiter on September 23rd, 2011. Good seeing. The large dark NEBn barge and GRS are prominent in these images.


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Jupiter on September 22nd, 2011. Fair seeing. Oval BA is prominent with a pale orange colouration present. Note the array of NNTBs jetstream spots and dark NEBn barges.


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Jupiter on September 18th, 2011. Fair seeing but very windy again with frequent clouds. The same hemisphere as seen on the 15th is presented.


Jupiter on September 15th, 2011. Three hour rotation movie.


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Jupiter on September 15th, 2011. Fair to Good seeing with excellent transparency. Oval BA is nicely seen. Some interesting fine detail across the northern hemisphere.


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Jupiter on September 14th, 2011. Fair seeing but terrible gusty winds. The GRS is nicely visible with dark barges on the NEBn.


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Jupiter on September 2nd, 2011. Poor transparency and poor/fair seeing. The GRS is nicely visible with Europa at bottom right.


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Jupiter on August 28th, 2011. After a week of cloud and rain a brief clear spell with good seeing. The GRS is nicely visible with a large dark barge on the NEB (spanning about 10,000km in length.)


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Jupiter on August 20th, 2011. Good seeing with excellent transparency. Io and shadow are in transit. The GRS is just appearing over the limb at bottom left. Note the dark barge in the NEB.


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Jupiter on August 19th, 2011. Poor to fair seeing. Oval BA is prominent showing a pale orange colouration.


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Jupiter on August 15th, 2011. Fair seeing and good transparency. Europa's shadow is in transit across the disk.


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Jupiter on August 10th, 2011. Mostly good seeing and fair to good transparency. Oval BA is headed off the disk. Spot Z is prominent in the north tropical zone.


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Jupiter on August 9th, 2011. Poor fuzzy seeing and only one set of images taken. Two prominent dark barges in the NEB are the most notable features.


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Jupiter on August 5th, 2011. Very good seeing and good transparency. Oval BA is nicely seen with an interesting feature visible following BA. A wealth of fine detail across the SEB and far northern latitudes.


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Jupiter on July 29th, 2011. Fair seeing and poor transparency. Oval BA is nicely seen at bottom right with white spot Z prominent on the meridian in the north tropical zone.


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Jupiter on July 28th, 2011. Fair seeing and poor transparency. Io's shadow in transit with the Moon itself just off the disk at left.


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Jupiter on July 25th, 2011. Poor seeing. The GRS is coming onto the disk with an especially dark barge in the NEB looking very prominent.


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Jupiter on July 24th, 2011. Fair seeing and cold (only 50F.) Oval BA is nicely placed looking faded in colour from the previous year.


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Jupiter on July 15th, 2011. Fair seeing. The darkened SEB is very prominent.


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Jupiter on July 11th, 2011. Good seeing. The GRS is well seen. Note the appearance in Methane band compared to 2010 with many changes visible.


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Jupiter on July 10th, 2011. Good seeing but poor transparency. Oval BA is heading off the disk at bottom right with white spot Z prominent on the meridian. 


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Jupiter on July 4th, 2011. Fair seeing conditions. The GRS can be seen going off at bottom right. 


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Jupiter on July 3rd, 2011. The first session of the new apparition. Good seeing. The SEB is now fully restored after the last fade/revival cycle. Note the bright white spot Z at upper right.

 

 

 


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