Andrew McCarthy, a skilled astronomer, grabbed his “sharpest Jupiter shot” as the planet approached Earth at its closest point in over 60 years.
McCarthy claims he “spent all night” taking about 600,000 pictures of the sun’s biggest planet and said he was “thrilled” with the result.
McCarthy posts on Twitter, “This was shot rising an 11′′ telescope and a camera I typically use for deep sky shooting.”
A video of the celestial photographer’s photographs being played back in order allows viewers to see both the passage of Jupiter’s moon Io and the emergence of the Great Red Spot.
McCarthy uses software that “makes the image lot crisper” to stack his hundreds of thousands of photographs.
Jupiter is a sight that never gets old. The planet is beautiful, McCarthy tells Space.
And although there are a lot of shots, I was only taking around 80 pictures per second, so it went by rather quickly. The images were taken over the course of nearly two hours, he continues.
Because of the ideal shooting circumstances, McCarthy was able to capture astonishing detail on the night he photographed Jupiter.
However, since Jupiter is now closer to Earth than it has been since 1963, there is a chance to get even finer photographs of the “King of Planets.”
McCarthy promises to “film it nightly for weeks, weather allowing” in an email to PetaPixel. However, today marks the pinnacle since Earth is in “opposition” to Jupiter. Every year, Earth passes directly in front of one of the other planets around this time, but the year 2022 is unique due to a very tight orbit.
Jupiter is 600 million miles distant at its farthest point in its orbit, although it is now just 367 million miles away. This implies that compared to when it is close to aphelion, Jupiter now seems 11% bigger and more than 1.5 times brighter (the farthest point from Earth in its orbit).
Due to Jupiter’s enormous size, observers should be able to distinguish its disc form even using handheld binoculars. Weather allowing, astronomers using more powerful equipment should be rewarded with very detailed photos.