JUPITER

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Jupiter Apparition - Opposition 2014 JAN 05

A plotting of the planet in equatorial coordinates of current date during 2013 AUG 13 to 2014 MAY 31 - See article below.

Jupiter Declination - 2008-19

A plotting of the declinations of the planet at oppositions from 2008 to 2019

Jupiter Stellar Magnitude - 2014

Graph of the brightness of Jupiter measured in stellar magnitude

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                                         2013-14 APPARITION OF JUPITER

 

The giant planet Jupiter in Gemini is the brightest “star” that currently appears in our evening sky. It commenced apparent retrograde motion on 2013 NOV 07. Jupiter’s closest approach to Earth for this synodic cycle at 4.2105 AU occurred on 2014 JAN 04 when its equatorial diameter subtended 46.8 arcsceconds. Opposition from the Sun happened on JAN 05 when Jupiter was well north of the celestial equator at declination +22.7° and was at its greatest brilliance for this cycle at magnitude -2.7. As viewed from Earth the tilt of Jupiter’s equatorial plane at opposition appeared to be +1.6°. The orbital planes of the four Galilean satellites are nearly coincident with it. Jupiter resumed apparent direct motion on MAR 06 and reached eastern quadrature on APR 01. Conjunction behind the Sun will be achieved on JUL 24.

 

  Jupiter will appear to pass near Pollux on 2014 JUN 16. The Moon will appear to pass near Jupiter on 2014 MAY 04, JUN 01 & JUN 29.

 

NOTE:  Events in this article are geocentric in Universal Time unless otherwise noted.

 

*  A meridian transit occurs when a celestial body crosses an observer’s local north-south line in the sky. That is practically simultaneous with culmination, i.e. the highest altitude for the day. The Jupiter meridian transit times in the above linked graph can be easily transformed for your location. The given times are nearly the same for the central meridians of all time zones, i.e. those evenly divisible by 15° such as 75°, 90°, 105° or 120°. Do not adjust to UT. Simply add to the chart time 4 minutes for each degree west of a central meridian, or subtract 4 minutes for each degree to the east. If on daylight savings time, add an hour.

 

  © Curt Renz

             

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Galilean Satellites - Nightly Event Timetable

Nightly timetable for events involving the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter and their shadows  

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Jupiter Angular Diameter - 2014

Graph of angular diameter of Jupiter measured in arcseconds   -  Distance in AU = 196.88 / angular diameter

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Jupiter Illumination Phase - 2014

Graph of the percentage of Jupiter’s apparent disk illuminated

Jupiter Apparent Axial Tilt Graph - 2014

Graph of tilt of Jupiter’s rotational axis as viewed from Earth Similar tilts for the orbital planes of its four Galilean satellites

Jupiter Meridian Transit Time* - 2014

Graph of the times that Jupiter transits the prime meridian during 2014

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Galilean Satellites - Nightly Array Graphic

Nightly preview graphic depicting the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter and their shadows at 1.5-hr intervals

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Triple Galilean Satellite Shadow Transit - Overhead View

Preview of the simultaneous transits across Jupiter by the shadows of Europa, Ganymede & Callisto during 2014 JUN 03 as seen from above Jupiter’s north pole

Triple Galilean Satellite Shadow Transit - View from Earth

Preview of the simultaneous transits across Jupiter by the shadows of Europa, Ganymede & Callisto during 2014 JUN 03 as seen from Earth

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