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Planet in February 2016

In February, continuing a run of parade of the five planets – mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter lined up in the morning sky. In early February, their background will be the sickle of the waning moon, and by the middle of month two of the five planets will become unavailable for visual observations of mercury and Venus, disappearing into the rays of the rising Sun. Jupiter is in its best appearances in 2016. Uranus and Neptune gradually complete its visibility in the evening sky. The sun moves through the constellation of Capricorn, February 15, passing in the constellation of Aquarius.

The moon will come together with these planets: 1 February when the lunar phase is from 0.5 to Mars, on 4 February when the lunar phase 0.2 to Saturn, on 6 February when the lunar phase is 0.08 – Venus and mercury, 10 February when the lunar phase 0,03 – with Neptune, on 13 February when the lunar phase 0.25 and with Uranus, on 24 February when the lunar phase 0,97 – with Jupiter. For observations it is better to choose nights when the Moon is near the full phase passes close to the observed planet. Continue reading

Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar system

The period of rotation around the Sun

Of 11.86 earth years

The first “date” earthly messenger with the giant of the Solar system – Jupiter was held in late 1973. Still on approach to Jupiter by “pioneer 10”, began to transmit color images of the planet Earth. On the screens in the mission control Center dynamic unfolding panorama of the approaching giant striped. Bright stripes on Jupiter are like ridges over high and cold clouds. And Vice versa: the dark stripes are the valleys between the ridges. Among the atmospheric lanes of the South tropical zone “blazed” the bright colors of the famous Great Red Spot.

Further large-scale image of this amazing education received by “Voyager-1” (the highest resolution on the images was 5 km), allowed us to understand the complex meteorology of Jupiter. It turned out that the mysterious spot has a clearly visible vortex structure: this is a floating disturbance in the atmosphere, in other words, a huge atmospheric vortex. In the spot, there is a rise of the substance and spreading it from the center. Continue reading

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Frequently asked questions about the Solar system How many planets in our solar system? Our solar system consists of nine planets and one star – the Sun. We list the…

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