Jupiter’s Cloud Belts by André Montambault
Jupiter’s Cloud Belts (André Montambault)
Jupiter’s Cloud Belts by André Montambault

This week’s winner celebrates Jupiter and its ever-changing spots, belts, festoons and moons.

Photo of the Week for June 10, 2016

Saturn and Mars get a lot of attention from observers, but no planet rewards telescopic viewing night after night the way Jupiter does. It’s just never the same twice. Saturn and its rings are beautiful — there’s no denying that — but static. Go out on successive nights and you’ll see essentially the same thing. Mars is grand at the moment, but as each week goes by the planet shrinks a little in size, rendering its surface markings more and more difficult to perceive. Meanwhile, there’s Jupiter with its ever-changing spots, belts, festoons and array of dancing moons.

Jupiter’s Cloud Belts by André Montambault
Jupiter’s Cloud Belts (André Montambault)

Drummondville, Quebec, imager André Montambault captured this portrait of Big Jove on March 26, 2016. He used a Celestron C11 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope equipped with a 2× Barlow lens and a ZWO ASI120MM monochrome CCD camera to record AVI data through infrared, green, and blue filters.

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