Jupiter Over the Mediterranean

By: Tunc Tezel


Region: Middle East

Site: Cape Gelidonya - Turkey

Date: 2009 August 12

As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day a picturesque starscape capped a serene seascape in Antalya province of Turkey. The Gelidonya Lighthouse shines in the foreground before a calm Mediterranean Sea. On the left, Jupiter is the brightest point in the image and since on the same side of the Sun as the Earth, was near its yearly brightest (close to its opposition). Glowing just shy of magnitude -3, Jupiter was brighter than any star in the sky, and brighter even than Mars was during its famously bright opposition of 2003 August. On the right, the band of the Milky Way Galaxy fades into distant atmospheric haze. Tunc Tezel

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