Jupiter Tonight, December 12, 2012


After another day of sunny weather, the clear sky prevailed into the early evening today. The 30- second image above shows Jupiter high in the eastern sky among the stars of Taurus as seen from the Chicago area. Aldebaran, the constellation’s brightest star, is nearby. Zeta Tauri and Elnath represent the bull’s horns. The star clusters, Pleiades and Hyades, are clearly visible and good targets through binoculars. The Pleiades are more compact cluster and contain more blue-white stars.   (Click the image to see it larger.)

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