Jupiter, the collosal King of Planets, has a mass more than double that of all of the other
planets combined. In the night sky, it glows brighter than any star. Jupiters surface is covered
with clouds of methane and ammonia, mixed with hydrogen and helium.
The cloud bands of Jupiter are highlighted by the Great Red Spot, clearly seen on this image
as an orange oval eye. The Great Red Spot is a hurricaine four times the size of earth, which
has persisted for over three hundred years. The intensity of the Spot's color has varied over
the years, but it can usually be seen with moderately large telescopes of 4" or larger aperture.
This image was taken with an 8" SCT telescope, with a 2.5x Barlow lens. One thousand
exposures through a webcam were digitally combined and then processed in Photoshop to
create this picture.
Music: Under Pressure, by Queen.
Why the music? Jupiter has over 300 times the mass of
the Earth, creating enough gravity to crush any
spacecraft that appoaches its surface. Certainly any
close encounters with Jupiter would be performed