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A most peculiar Jupiter (16 Feb. 2011)

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#1 Mark9473

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 02:20 PM

Despite boiling seeing I couldn't resist attempting a sketch this evening. I haven't seen such a peculiar feature on Jupiter since the Schoemaker-Levy impacts. It was a large dark "comma"-shaped feature. At times I suspected the GRS was hiding under it, but the conditions weren't good enough to be sure.

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#2 chrisrnuttall

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 02:25 PM

entering your observation time into win jupos reveals that the dark arch is indeed in the location of the GRS. Recently dark material has been seen winding round the spot and it seems to be changing frequently.

well done on capturing this feature! along with a wealth of banding...

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 08:42 PM

Chris,

I am glad you answered the question about the GRS.
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Mark,

Excellent looking sketch under tough conditions.

Frank :)

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 06:56 AM

Nice capture, Mark.

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 03:50 PM

Mark,

Very nice sketch of Jupiter :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

Tom

#6 Mark9473

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 04:12 PM

Thanks guys. I missed Jupiter today as I got home too late. Did anybody else get a look at it?

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 05:22 PM

Mark,

Nice observation--you sketched what you saw. That makes the sketch golden. :cool: I'm planning to go out shortly to take a look at the King and the GRS should be visible. Unfortunately, the CSC has changed its forecast--the seeing is now supposed to be poor so I don't know what I'll be able to detect. I'll report back here. :)

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 07:12 PM

Sorry--when I got to the observatory, there was one tree on the ridge to my west that is head and shoulders above all the rest and naturally Jupiter was behind that tree. :p

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 03:25 AM

Mark,

An excellent observation of Jupiter. You have captured fine detail across the Jovian disk.

You actually recorded the re-emergence of the Red Spot Hollow (RSH, also known as the White Spot Hollow (WSH)) which normally borders and nearly encloses the Great Red Spot (GRS) towards the north. I have attached an excellent image of Jupiter obtained by Glenn Jolly of Arizona that shows the GRS/RSH very nicely.

Thank you for sharing it with us all.

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 07:54 AM

To have a view like that of Jupiter, once in my lifetime, ... Thanks for posting the image, Carlos. I saw something similar in the Solar System Imaging forum recently.


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