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Jupiter & Moon November 2004


Jupiter was occulted (covered) by the Moon during the daytime as viewed from the eastern US on November 9, 2004. Unfortunately, the skies were mostly cloudy where I was in northern New Jersey. This photo was taken about 5 minutes before the Moon (moving to the left) covered Jupiter. The clouds closed in and I was unable to get clear views of the rest of the occultation.

The scale in the image is striking. The clouds are a few kilometers away. The Moon is around 200,000 times farther than the clouds. Jupiter is about 1,500 times farther than the Moon.

Astro-Physics 155mm (6.1 inch) refractor at f14. A single 1/250th second exposure on Kodak Supra 400 color negative film. November 9, 2004, around 11:04 a.m. EDT. Photographed from northern New Jersey. 2004

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