Jupiter, the fifth planet from the sun, is the largest planet in our solar system. After the Moon and Venus, it’s usually the next brightest object in the night sky. This gas giant, made mostly of hydrogen and helium, is easily recognized by its alternating dark belts and light zones as well as the Great Red Spot, a storm larger than the Earth.

In order to take great photos of this planet it is necessary to have a proper instrument. At the moment I have not an instrument to take this kind of subjects but even if I have a smaller gear, I did some attempts to take Jupiter. This are results 🙂

Jupiter and the great red spot. The dark spot is the shadow of the moon “Io” transiting over Jupiter, projecting its shadow on the planet’s surface
Jupiter and its Galilean Moons, Io, Europa, Ganimede and Callisto. Jupiter is much brighter than its moons so a double exposure is needed, one for the planet and one for the moons.
Another attempt of Jupiter and its moons. Even here a double exposure technique has been used.