Saturday, January 19, 2013

Jupiter with a shadow from one of its moonsQOTW 14  Jupiter is easy to find on these cold, clear nights: it is the brightest object in the sky (except for the sun and moon).  Look southeast around 7 PM and find Orion's belt.  Follow the line of the belt to the left and see the bright star Sirius.  It is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Big Dog).  Start back at Orion's belt and  look about an equal distance in the opposite direction and find bright Jupiter in the horns of Taurus the bull (one of the constellations of the Zodiac).  Check this NASA website to find the range of temperatures and tell why Jupiter is not a likely candidate for a colonization.  (There are many reasons--I just want the temperature range.) 

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