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nice night for looking at the moon and jupiter

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:08 pm
by matt-hutchinson
ive got the moon and jupiter in my scope at the same time with my 40 mm looks pretty awesome. also i wanted to ask i was looking at the moon with my 10mm and i saw a tiny object pass in front of the moon it looked like a rock and was a pretty sharp image what was that?

Re: nice night for looking at the moon and jupiter

PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:08 am
by rene-gedaly
Could it have been a transit of Ganymede? Steve Fast just posted that thought to Netslyder. Are you signed up for our email list server, Netslyder?

Re: nice night for looking at the moon and jupiter

PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:06 am
by matt-hutchinson
no i am not i will sign up later today. i also saw what i think was an object falling into the atmosphere zoom across my scope while looking at Jupiter with a 10mm. A large blue streak came across the lense. the object i saw was passing between my scope and our moon it was small and fast it was moving in a straight line with a slow forward rolling motion to it with roundish edges. it had to of been pretty far away judging the distance it was closer to the moon and earth .

on a side not a fourth moon became visible last night around 8pm it was closest to Jupiter but with my scope i could not tell if it came from in front of Jupiter or behind it what are the moons you can see from a 114mm scope? i thought it was Io Callisto and Europa is the 4th one Ganymede?

Re: nice night for looking at the moon and jupiter

PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:26 am
by joshua-babin
Could have been a satellite *shrugs*
There's tons of them up there!

Re: nice night for looking at the moon and jupiter

PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:26 pm
by matt-hutchinson
that's most likely what it was some piece of space debris or a sat it looked cool because from my view point it went almost right across the center of the moon and the moons brightness made it look very clear and sharp passing in front of it.