JUPITER

Jupiter Apparition - Opposition 2015 FEB 06

A plotting of the planet in equatorial coordinates of current date during 2014 SEP 13 to 2015 JUL 05 - 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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                                                2014-2015 APPARITION OF JUPITER


The bright planet Jupiter has reemerged into the predawn eastern sky following its conjunction behind the Sun on 2014 JUL 24. Western quadrature (90° from Sun) will be reached on NOV 14 as Jupiter reenters the late evening sky. Apparent retrograde motion will commence on DEC 09.


   Jupiter’s opposition from the Sun will occur on 2015 FEB 06 when it will be out all night. That will also be the date of its closest approach (4.3462 AU) and greatest brilliance (magnitude -2.6) for this synodic cycle. At that time its equatorial angular diameter will be 45.3 arcseconds, and its apparent axial tilt will be -0.2°. Jupiter will resume apparent direct motion on APR 08 and will reach eastern quadrature on MAY 04. Conjunction behind the Sun will occur on AUG 26.


   The orbital planes of the four great Galilean satellites are nearly coincident with Jupiter’s equatorial plane. During this apparition those planes nearly include the Earth and Sun, thus resulting in numerous occultations, transits and shadowing events among those satellites.


   Jupiter will appear near other bright planets and stars on the following dates: Venus 2015 JUL 01, Mercury AUG 07 & Regulus AUG 11.


   The Moon will appear to pass near Jupiter on 2014 OCT 18, NOV 14, DEC 12, 2015 JAN 08, FEB 04, MAR 03, MAR 30, APR 26, MAY 24, JUN 20, JUL 18 & AUG 15.


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

              

 

Jupiter 08

Galilean Satellites - Nightly Event Timetable

Nightly timetable for events involving the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter and their shadows Suspended until Jupiter reenters the evening sky in November

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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

Jupiter 05

Galilean Satellites - Nightly Array Graphic

Nightly preview graphic depicting the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter and their shadows at 1-hr intervals Suspended until Jupiter reenters the evening sky in November

Jupiter 06

Triple Galilean Satellite Shadow Transit - Overhead View

View 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

View 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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