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Jupiter and its Moons

In this laboratory students will plan an observation and wait for Jupiter images to come. They will then use them to calculate the rotation period of Jupiter's moons and to measure Jupiter's mass.



Have you ever observed Jupiter? It is incredibly big and massive, and it is very easy to observe through a telescope. It also has four big moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto which were observed by Galileo for first time.

Each of the planets in the Solar System has interesting and unique features observable through a telescope. Imaging the planets we can learn a lot about its surface, composition and size as well. However, every astronomical observation require an observation plan. This is especially important if we want to get the mass of Jupiter tracking the Galilean moons. 

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