Jupiter is more massive than all of the other planets and their moons combined. Jupiter also has rings like Saturn. However, Jupiter's rings are very thin and faint, and the rings are not visible from Earth in amateur size telescopes. Jupiter radiates about twice as much heat as it receives from the Sun. The outer planets of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are gas giants.
The image was taken with a Takahashi FCT-150 refractor using a ToUcam webcam. A TeleVue 4x PowerMate was used to increase the magnification to f28. At the time the image was taken, Jupiter was near opposition, and was 44.4 arc-seconds in size.
RA: 11h 04m 58.8s Dec: +07d 25' 41"
February 29, 2004
Image by Sid Leach
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