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Jupiter and the Galilean Moons

Posted: 14 Dec 2012

Jupiter reached opposition (directly opposite the Sun, as seen from Earth) on the 3rd of December 2012. This year's opposition is particularly favourable for us Northern hemispherites, with Jupiter climbing high in the Southern sky at midnight. We took the opportunity to grab some images of Jupiter with the Philip Wetton Telescope here in Oxford, showing the bands in the atmosphere, a well placed Great Red Spot, and the four Galilean moons. What's more, the image has a challenge for you solve...

Stargazing Oxford 2013 photo competition

Posted: 11 Dec 2012

As part of this year's Stargazing Oxford open day (details to be announced shortly), we are running a photo competition. The deadline for submission is midnight on Tuesday the 8th of January, and all entries will be displayed to the public during the open day on January 12th. Details are included below. We look forward to receiving your beautiful images of the night sky!