Sunday, August 12, 2012
Daylight Jupiter 12 August 2012
With the Moon so close to Jupiter, this was a great opportunity to see Jupiter in the daylight. Jupiter was easily visible up until and just beyond sunrise. It was even able to be photographed just on sunrise (see image) and 5 minutes after (although that was a bit more rubbish).
By 20 minutes after sunrise I was able to see Jupiter with some difficultly. Once I found it with averted vision it remained reasonably obvious (not as obvious as Venus of course). In binoculars Jupiter was fairly obvious even 30 minutes after sunrise, when it was near impossible to see with the unaided eye.
If you were in Sydney or further north the Moon would have actually been closer. In Darwin the Moon covered Jupiter. We will have the chance for another occultation of Jupiter later in the year.