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  • How can I view Jupiter from earth?

    Are you interested in viewing the planets? Want to know the best telescopes to view Jupiter from the earth? On this Ask Expert page, you can find responses for your queries.

    Astronomy is one of the interesting fields in science. I always wish to view the planets from earth. What are the ways by which I can view the Jupiter from earth? Which telescope are enough to view the Jupiter from earth? What is the availability of such telescope in Gujarat and what is the price of such an instrument?
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  • The scientists working in the field say that the correct time to observe and photograph Jupiter will be around July 14th of this year. On this day the biggest planet in the solar system will be just opposite to the sun. The planet will be on the opposite side of Earth. Jupiter will be bright in the sky virtually all night.
    You will be able to see Jupiter with the naked eye, appearing as a white, unblinking star-like object. But with a pair of binoculars, you can see the planet very clearly.

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  • Astronomy is an interesting hobby. One can make about a lot of things in the clear sky night and pin point some of the planets across the sky. In the cities because of dust, smog, streetlights and other dazzling lights the vision gets obstructed but in remote villages or clean hilly places one gets a better opportunity to view the stars and planets in the sky. With an ordinary telescope which can cost Rs 3000 to 6000 one can have a nice view of some of these planets including Jupiter. One can view them with binoculars also though clarity would be better with the telescope. The problem with binoculars is that due to movement of our hands we lose the view and move it again back and forth. Telescope can be mounted on a stand and there is no such problem. The best place to gaze stars and planets is to go on the rooftop of a multi-storeyed building.

    The difference between stars and planets is that stars would twinkle but planets would look like a light dot in the sky. Planets would not twinkle. So one can easily differentiate the planets among the so many stars in the sky. The ancient scholars have already studied the star patterns in the sky and have divided them in some zodiac signs and constellation. Please note that there are many patterns of star clusters other than the zodiac ones also. With a few days practice one can identify them because of their distinctive patterns. Once they are identified then with the help of the star charts in the internet or some magazines one can find out where a particular planet would be visible. Please note that stars and galaxies are so far from us that after one year time the same pattern of constellation in the sky would emerge as Earth would have revolved a complete circle of the Sun. So the hobbyist would find everything familiar. But planets being near to us will appear changing their positions across the constellations and those details would be available in the monthly star charts. Once you view them with a telescope you get a feel of some of the planets including Jupiter and with a little practice you can pinpoint them in the sky.

    Now let us come to the issue of viewing the Jupiter presently in the night sky. There is a star pattern known as Asterism (commonly known as Teapot) and Jupiter would be seen presently there only and then it will slowly move to Eastward and reach its Eastern stationary point by mid May 2020. This point is very near to the Eastern border of the constellation Sagittarius. Once one acquires a little knowledge of the constellations, it becomes easy to pinpoint the planets passing through them.

    If you are interested to track the Jupiter presently in the night sky then you can take help from the picture of night sky as given in this site in the internet.

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  • Jupiter being the largest planet is to approach to its closest point on 14 th July 2020. This will appear as as the biggest and brightest for the viewers expecting to get the best view but this planet will be visible for days with slight variation of that date.
    Jupiter is the fifth largest planet with a diameter in excess of eleven times that of the earth. It is extremely bright shining at a magnitude of - 2.6.
    In order to have the best magnification of the large red spot, this can be seen with the naked eye by means of a quality telescope with the aperture of 7.6 to 10.0 having magnification of 100 X or more to reveal the structure of gaseous atmosphere of the Jupiter.

  • Jupiter planet is among the five brightest planets like Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. These planets can be visible even by naked eyes without telescopes despite of their long distances. The main reason of this is that these planets reflect a huge sunlight's from their surfaces hence are visible. These planets do not produce their own lights but reflects. As Jupiter reflects lights made of various shades of orange, red, yellow, white and brown so it is easily visible in the sky. If you have some knowledge that when and where this will be appeared and when it will be much nearer to the sun then it will be easily visible. As already told in the above post that on 14 th July 2020 planet will be on its closest point. You can see it even by naked eyes.

    There are several telescopes available in the market which can be used to see the Jupiter or other planet watching. The popular brands of telescopes are as given below:
    1. Orion AstroView 90mm Refractor
    2. Sky-Watcher ProED 100mm Doublet APO Refractor (tube only)
    3. Celestron NexStar 4 SE Maksutov-Cassegrain
    4. GT 302 Astronomical telescope
    5. Celestron 21037 PowerSeeker 70EQ
    6. PowerSeeker 50Az
    7. Celestro Astromaster LT 76 AZ Telescope
    8. Meade LX200 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain
    9. Speciality Firstscope

    Besides to find out Jupiter or other planets there are several apps and websites available. By using these apps you can view and identify stars and planets. Some of the popular apps are SkyView, Star Walk 2, SkySafari 5, Sky Guide, Star Chart, Stellarium , Google Sky Map, etc . Some good quality binoculars will also be helpful to see these planets.

    A telescope having the magnification of 30-50x the aperture and 120x-200x zoom will be good enough to see the Jupiter.

    Cost of good and all purpose telescopes starts from INR 15000- INR 70000. However, you can get telescopes at lower prices also. Cost of Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ Telescope ranges between INR 18000 and INR 50000.

    In Gujarat you can contact to following vendors for purchase of telescope :
    1. Guru Kripa Enterprises
    Address: A-404, Aangan Enclave, Zadeshwar, Bharuch, Gujarat 392011
    Contact: 093142 74738

    2. Hari Om Scientific Traders
    Address: 2, Sadguru Complex, Opp Ruda 02, Prem Mandir Road, Kalawad Road, Rajkot, Gujarat 360005
    Contact: 099250 98078

    3. Ankur Electronics Communication
    Address: Hospital, Abhirath Complex, Third Floor. Sardar Patel Statue Cross Road Opp. Life Care, Naranpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380014
    Contact: 079 2768 1796

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