Jupiter Observing Guide for 2015

jupiterWhat’s that bright star in the east? That’s no star… it’s Jupiter, the biggest planet in the solar system and perhaps the most interesting object to see with a small telescope. The planet reached opposition this month and remains ideally placed for viewing through May. On this page, you can download the PDF notes and audio of a short guide that takes you on a tour of Jupiter and shows you how to see and understand the fascinating features on the face of this big planet.

(Publisher’s Note: This guide to Jupiter is just a tiny part of the year-long astronomy course called The Art of Stargazing. This course is offered once a year at One-Minute Astronomer, and will be open to new students during the last week of February 2015).

In this guide to the planet Jupiter, you will discover…

  • Where to look for Jupiter in 2015 in the northern and southern hemispheres
  • The structure of Jupiter and the “geography” of its visible face
  • How to observe the perpetual gravitational minuet of Jupiter’s Moons in binoculars or a small telescope
  • A brief tour of the famous “belts and zones” visible on Jupiter with a small telescope
  • Essential online tools and apps to help you see the Great Red Spot and eclipses and transits of Jupiter’s moons
  • How to get the best view of Jupiter in a small telescope.

Download the notes and audio for this free e-book at the links below:

PDF Notes – Download

PDFd Click here to download “A Guide to Observing the Planet Jupiter” (1.1 MB)

MP3 Audio Notes – Download

MP3smallClick here to download MP3 for Solar System Observing – Jupiter (12.0 MB)

MP3 Audio Notes – Stream

To download the above files, please follow these instructions …

For PC (Windows)

• Right-click on the download link above

• Click on “Save Link As”; A “Save As” dialog box will appear

• Choose where on your computer you wish to save the PDF file (don’t worry, you can move it somewhere else later, if you like)

• Click on the SAVE button in each dialog box

• Repeat for each of the other Download links

• That’s it… you’re done!

For Mac (OSX)

• Click on the download link above; the download will begin automatically

• Or, click on the link while holding the CTRL button, and select “Save Link As”; choose where you wish to save the PDF file (don’t worry, you can move it somewhere else later, if you like)

• Repeat for each of the other Download links

• That’s it… you’re done!