As seen on National Geographic News the bright “star” which greets the photographer in this forest view from Hungary, is planet Jupiter. Imaged near the date of 2010 Jupiter opposition, it completely overpowers every actual star in the night sky. Jupiter is always bright but it looks a little brighter than usual during its opposition or its closest pass by Earth for the year. Coincidentally, during September 2010 Jupiter is also passing almost in front of the planet Uranus. But Uranus is 5 times farther away and almost 3,000 times dimmer so a binocular or a telescope is needed to see the green planet only a degree from Jupiter. Find Uranus like a faint star just at the upper right of Jupiter in this image.



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