Jupiter: The biggest planet of our solar system (equatorial diameter 142800 km) is a gas giant (mainly hydrogen and helium). The mean distance to earth is 778 Mio km. On this image the different cloud bands can be recognized which rotate with the planet in about 10 hours time for a full rotation. This is why Jupiter is elongated at the equator due to the extreme centrifugal forces.

Object Jupiter
Category Sun, Moon, Planets
Designation Jupiter
Optics Meade LX200 10 inch f/10 with Baader FFC @ appr. f/30
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera Imaging Source DMK 31 mono
Exposure 1000 video frames each Baader IR pass band,RGB filterset. Image akquisition with IC Capture
Processing Registax, ImagesPlus,Photoshop. Appr. 450 frames each selected and stacked. Color Code L(IR),RGB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 19 Nov 2009 19:00 UT
 
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