A photo of Jupiter might be worth a thousand words, but more than half a million?
Andrew McCarthy, a veteran astrophotographer from Arizona, submitted this spectacular photo. Jupiter after capturing the best view yet of 17 giants this September planet this month. But what you see is not just one photograph, but a combination of hundreds of thousands of images.
“After spending all night taking nearly 600,000 photos, I’m excited to show you the sharpest shot of Jupiter yet,” McCarthy said. He wrote on Twitter (opens in new tab) While sharing the photo in September. 17. “This was taken with an 11″ telescope and the camera I usually use for deep sky work.” You can see more of McCarthy’s photos on his Instagram page. @cosmic_background (opens in new tab) as well as his astrophotography site (opens in new tab).
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McCarthy uses software to stack multiple images taken over a period of time the night sky photo shoot and the results are amazing. He used the same method A “ridiculously detailed” picture of the moon this took months. Jupiter is always a great target for the camera eye, he said.
“It never gets old looking at Jupiter. It’s a magnificent planet,” McCarthy told Space.com. “And while the number of photos may seem overwhelming, I was taking them at about 80 per second, so it went by relatively quickly.” In total, it took about two hours to take the photos, he said.
“The conditions were very good that night, so I saw the planet in more detail than usual, which was very exciting,” McCarthy said.
Jupiter will be in opposition in 2022 on September 26, this year is the best time to observe the giant planet. It can easily be seen with the naked eye as a bright light in the eastern night sky.
This year will mark the opposition of the planet Jupiter has made its closest approach to Earth in 59 years. It will be 367 million miles (591 million kilometers) away, the closest it has come to Earth since 1963.
If you’re hoping to get a better look at Jupiter in the future and are looking for tools to help you, check out our guides. the best binoculars and the best telescopes to see the giant planet and other celestial sights.
Don’t miss our recommendations for the best to take the best Jupiter pictures cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography. Here are our tips astrophotography for beginners to help you get started.
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