Planets and Solar System


Total Eclipse of the Sun (February 26, 1998) (18KB) Total eclipse of the sun viewed from Curacao. Photo taken with Takahashi FS-78 refractor. This photograph was published in the 2008 Vatican Observatory Calendar.

Solar Eclipse - Diamond Ring Effect (February 26, 1998) (13KB) Eclipse of the sun viewed from Curacao taken with Takahashi FS-78 refractor. This photograph was published in the 2006 Vatican Observatory Calendar.

The Sun viewed with a hydrogen-alpha filter displays a number of solar prominences. This image was taken with a SolarMax 60 telescope and Canon EOS Digital Rebel. (May 13, 2006) (39KB)

Solar Prominence visible during February 26, 1998, solar eclipse. (13KB)

Total Eclipse of the Moon (May 15, 2003) A photo taken during totality with a Takahashi FS-128 refractor at f8. (20KB)

Partial Lunar Eclipse (June 26, 2010) This image was taken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel. The image was published on Spaceweather.com and on MSNBC. (87KB)

Jupiter. An RGB color CCD image taken with an FLI IMG6303e CCD using the Steward Observatory 61-inch telescope on Mount Bigelow (May 24, 2007) (7KB)

Jupiter was hit by a comet or asteroid on July 19, 2009. This is an image of the dark impact cloud as it appeared on July 28, 2009. This image was taken from my backyard using a Takahashi FCT-150 telescope and a ToUcam webcam. (11KB) This image was published on the Spaceweather.com website.

An image of the dark impact cloud on Jupiter after the planet was hit by a comet or asteroid. This image was taken with a web cam using the 24-inch RCOS telescope on Mount Lemmon operated by Adam Block (July 31, 2009) (10KB)

Jupiter This image shows a rare triple shadow transit across Jupiter. This image was captured with a ToUcam web cam and a Takahashi FCT-150 refractor from Kitt Peak, Arizona. (March 28, 2004) (5KB) This image was published in the April 2, 2004 issue of the Astronomy Magazine Newsletter.

An image of the Great Red Spot on Jupiter taken using a Takahashi FCT-150 and an ST-8XE CCD. (July 30, 2009) (13KB)

Jupiter This image shows the great red spot on Jupiter. (February 29, 2004) (5KB)

Jupiter This image shows a double shadow transit across Jupiter. This image was captured with a ToUcam web cam and FCT-150 from my backyard. (March 21, 2004) (4KB)

Jupiter An image of Jupiter during a shadow transit of the moon Io. This image was captured with a FCT-150 refractor and ToUcam web cam from my backyard. (January 3, 2004) (15KB)

Jupiter This CCD image shows the shadow of Jupiter's moon Europa transiting the face of the planet. (May 8, 2003) (3KB)

Jupiter A color CCD image of Jupiter taken with a Takahashi Mewlon 210 Dall-Kirkham telescope. (November 28, 1999) (7KB)

Saturn An image of Saturn taken with the 24-inch RCOS telescope on Mt. Lemmon. (April 17, 2008) (12KB)

A rare shadow transit of Saturn's moon Titan across the face of Saturn. A color image taken with a web cam using a 24-inch RCOS telescope at the University of Arizona SkyCenter on Mount Lemmon (February 24, 2009) (119KB)

Saturn An image of Saturn at opposition. This image was captured with a ToUcam web cam and FCT-150 from my backyard. (January 4, 2004) (14KB)

Saturn An image of Saturn captured with a ToUcam web cam and FCT-150 from my backyard. (January 3, 2004) (12KB)

Saturn An image of Saturn taken on August 17, 2003, showing the rings at their maximum tilt. This image was captured with a ToUcam web cam and FCT-150 from my backyard. (39KB)

A shadow transit of Saturn's moon Titan across the face of Saturn. A color image taken with a web cam using the 24-inch telescope at the University of Arizona SkyCenter on Mount Lemmon (March 28, 2009) (24KB)

Saturn A color CCD image of Saturn taken with a Takahashi Mewlon 210 Dall-Kirkham telescope. (November 28, 1999) (6KB)

Saturn (September 21, 1998) (7KB)

Mars Mars was 25.1 arc-seconds in size when this image was taken. Image captured with a ToUcam web cam and FCT-150 from my backyard. (August 29, 2003) (14KB)

Mars Mars was still 25 arc-seconds in size when these images were taken. This shows six images captured on the same night with a ToUcam web cam and FCT-150 from my backyard, with an animation showing the rotation of Mars that night. (August 31, 2003)

Mars An image of Mars during its closest approach to Earth in 100,000 years. Image captured with a ToUcam web cam and FCT-150 from my backyard. (August 28, 2003) (14KB)

Mars Mars was 10 days from closest approach when this image was taken. Image captured with a ToUcam web cam and FCT-150 from my backyard. (August 17, 2003) (9KB)

Mars Another image of Mars taken on August 17, 2003. This image was captured with a ToUcam web cam and FCT-150 from my backyard. (11KB)

Mars Yet another image of Mars taken on August 17, 2003. This image was captured with a ToUcam web cam and FCT-150 from my backyard. (12KB)

Mars Mars was 17 days away from closest approach. Image captured with a ToUcam web cam and FCT-150 from my backyard. (August 10, 2003) (16KB)

Mars Another image taken on August 10, 2003, with a ToUcam web cam and FCT-150 from my backyard. (12KB)

Mars Only 18 days from closest approach, Mars was 23.7 arc-seconds in size and a brilliant magnitude -2.5 object in the southern sky during the early morning hours. Image captured with a ToUcam web cam and FCT-150 from my backyard. (August 9, 2003) (4KB)

Mars Image captured with a ToUcam web cam and Takahashi FCT-150 refractor from my backyard. (August 3, 2003) (4KB)

Mars An image of Mars taken with a ToUcam web cam and a Mewlon 210 telescope. (June 20, 2003) (3KB)

Mars Another image of Mars taken with a ToUcam web cam and Mewlon 210 telescope from my backyard. (July 20, 2003) (5KB)

Mars Mars reached a maximum size of 20.2 arc-seconds during the 2005 opposition. It was not as good as 2003, but was the best view we will have of Mars until the year 2018. Image captured with a ToUcam web cam and a Takahashi FCT-150 refractor. (October 30, 2005) (3KB)

Mars Another image of Mars taken on the same night during the 2005 opposition with a ToUcam web cam and a Takahashi FCT-150 refractor. (October 30, 2005) (3KB)

Mars An RGB CCD image taken with a Takahashi FCT-150 refractor and an SBIG ST-8E CCD. (June 29, 2001) (6KB)

Mars An RGB CCD image taken with a Takahashi FS-128 refractor and an SBIG ST-8E CCD. (April 30, 1999) (4KB)

Mars A photo taken with a Takahashi FS-128 refractor using eyepiece projection and a 5mm occular. (April 21, 1999) (3KB)

Mars A photo taken with a Takahashi FS-128 refractor using eyepiece projection and a 5mm occular. (April 21, 1999) (2KB)

Mars A photo taken with a Takahashi FS-128 refractor using eyepiece projection and a 5mm occular. (April 21, 1999) (2KB)

Transit of Venus A rare transit of Venus across the face of the Sun. Image captured with a ToUcam web cam and FS-78 telescope from Mauritius Island. (June 8, 2004) (37KB) This photograph was published in the 2006 Vatican Observatory Calendar. This image was also published in the June 18, 2004 issue of the Astronomy Magazine Newsletter.

Transit of Venus Another image of the transit of Venus. Image captured with a ToUcam web cam and FS-78 telescope from Mauritius Island. (June 8, 2004) (46KB)

Transit of Venus An image of the initial stage of the transit of Venus. Image captured with a ToUcam web cam and FS-78 telescope from Mauritius Island. (June 8, 2004) (34KB)

Transit of Venus This shows the "black-drop" effect that made it difficult to precisely time the second contact and third contact during a transit of Venus. Images of individual frames captured with a ToUcam web cam and FS-78 from Mauritius Island. (June 8, 2004) (25KB)

Venus appeared as a thin crescent in the evening sky as it approached inferior conjunction with the Sun. This is a color image taken on March 14, 2009, just after sunset using a Takahashi FS-128 refractor and a ToUCam webcam. (61KB)

Venus An CCD image of a crescent Venus. (March 5, 2001) (3KB)

Venus A mosaic of several images of Venus showing different phases. (6KB)

Venus An photograph of a near half phase Venus. (April 21, 1999) (5KB)

Venus An CCD image of a nearly full Venus. (June 19, 2005) (2KB)

Transit of Mercury An image of the transit of Mercury. Image taken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel camera on a Takahashi FS-128 refractor. (November 8, 2006) (57KB)

Transit of Mercury An image of the transit of Mercury. Image captured with a ToUcam web cam and FS-78 telescope. (November 8, 2006) (14KB)

Transit of Mercury Another image of the transit of Mercury on November 8, 2006. Image captured with a ToUcam web cam and FS-78 telescope. (November 8, 2006) (21KB)

Transit of Mercury An image of the transit of Mercury taken with a hydrogen Alpha filter. Image captured with a ToUcam web cam and Coronado SolarMax 60 telescope. (November 8, 2006) (22KB)

Mercury Two images of the transit of Mercury on November 8, 2006, with an animation showing the movement of the planet across the face of the Sun. Image captured with a ToUcam web cam and FS-78 telescope. (November 8, 2006) (90KB)

Mercury This photo shows the grazing transit of Mercury across the sun. This photo was taken with a Nikon F2 camera on a Takahashi FS-128 refractor. (November 15, 1999) (8KB)

Mercury A CCD image of Mercury when it was 75% illuminated. This image was taken with an SBIG ST-8XE on a Takahashi Mewlon 210 Dall-Kirkham telescope. (June 19, 2005) (9KB)

Mercury and Venus were in close conjunction and visible in the same telescopic field of view. This image was taken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel camera on a Takahashi FS-78 telescope. (June 27, 2005) (7KB)

Transit of Venus and Mercury comparison A comparison of the relative size of Venus and of Mercury when each planet transits the Sun. The image of the transit of Venus was captured with a ToUcam web cam and FS-78 telescope from Mauritius Island on June 8, 2004. The image of the transit of Mercury was taken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel camera on a Takahashi FS-128 refractor on November 8, 2006.

Uranus This image was taken from my backyard with a Takahashi FCT-150 telescope and 4x PowerMate using an SBIG ST-8XE CCD. (July 29, 2009) (4KB)

Uranus This image was taken from my backyard with an SBIG ST-8E CCD on a Takahashi Mewlon 210 telescope. (May 5, 2003) (3KB)

Neptune and its moon Triton. An RGB color CCD image taken with an FLI IMG6303e CCD using the Steward Observatory 61-inch telescope on Mount Bigelow (May 24, 2007) (9KB) This image was designated by Astronomy Magazine on their website as the "Picture of the Day" for June 2, 2007.

Neptune This image was taken from my backyard with an SBIG ST-8E CCD on a Takahashi Mewlon 210 telescope. (May 4, 2003) (3KB)

Pluto CCD images of Pluto taken two days apart with an animation blinking the two images to show how much Pluto moved in two days. These images were taken with an ST-8E CCD from my backyard using a Takahashi FCT-150 telescope. (June 8 & June 10, 2003)

The Moon A CCD image taken with a Takahashi FS-78 telescope. (January 11, 2004) (119KB)

A CCD image of the Moon taken with a Takahashi FCT-150 telescope and 4x PowerMate using an SBIG ST-8XE CCD. (July 30, 2009) (397KB)

A CCD image of the Moon showing the Apollo 15 landing site taken with a Takahashi FCT-150 refractor and 4x PowerMate using an SBIG ST-8XE CCD. (July 30, 2009) (202KB)

A CCD image of the Moon showing the Apollo 17 landing site taken with a Takahashi FCT-150 telescope and 4x PowerMate using an SBIG ST-8XE CCD. (July 30, 2009) (327KB)

The Moon A CCD image taken on January 23, 2011 with a Takahashi FCT-150 telescope using an SBIG STL-11000M CCD. (258KB)

The Moon A CCD image taken with a Takahashi Mewlon 210 Dall-Kirkham telescope. (November 28, 1999) (57KB)

Moon This is an image of the Triesnecker crater and rille system taken with a ToUcam from my backyard with a Takahashi Mewlon 210 telescope. (July 20, 2003) (30KB)

Moon This is an image of Rima Hyginus taken with a ToUcam web cam from my backyard with a Takahashi Mewlon 210 telescope. (July 20, 2003) (98KB)

Moon This is an image of Mare Orientale taken with a ToUcam web cam from my backyard with a Takahashi FCT-150 telescope. (September 20, 2003)

Moon This CCD image of a thin crescent moon shows earthshine illuminating the dark area of the moon. This image taken with a Takahashi Epsilon 250 telescope. (May 21, 2004) (8KB)

Moon This is an image of Mare Nectaris and surrounding craters taken with a ToUcam Pro from my backyard with a StarMaster 14.5-inch telescope. (June 3, 2007) (99KB)

Moon A CCD image taken with a Takahashi Epsilon 180ED and STL-11000M CCD on June 14, 2009. (33KB)

A CCD image of the Moon showing the south pole and southeast quadrant of the Moon, and including the Apollo 16 landing site, taken with a Takahashi FCT-150 telescope and 4x PowerMate using an SBIG ST-8XE CCD. (340KB)

The Sun Shows two groups of sun spots. This image was taken with a ToUcam Pro on a Takahashi FS-78 telescope. (August 31, 2003) (30KB)

A photograph of a meteor streaking across the sky near a comet. This photograph was taken with a Mamiya 645AF camera piggyback on a telescope mount. (May 22, 2004) (35KB)

Asteroid 6 Hebe This is an animation of two images of asteroid 6 Hebe taken on successive nights showing the movement of this object against the background of the stars. The images were taken with an STL-11000M CCD from my backyard with a Takahashi FCT-150 telescope. (January 12 & 13, 2008) (57KB)


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