Jupiter in Motion

The video above is impressive enough by itself but it becomes downright astounding when you learn the creator was an amateur astronomer. Damian Peach made this video by videotaping Jupiter through a telescope. He then selected the best frames and compiled them into one time-lapse.

According to Bad Astromony, this is a common practice used to avoid atmospheric distortions.  I haven’t touched a telescope in years but I came across this same problem when I made my lunar eclipse video.  The moon looked fine in one frame but would be stretched in the next frame.

I don’t get much of a chance to view the night sky here in San Francisco or I might try this method.  Peach traveled from the UK to Barbados while Jupiter and the Earth were close in order to get such a clear capture.  It seems his dedication paid off.

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