By: Gary Seronik and Adrian R. Ashford September 2, 2017. Callisto has an ancient cratered surface, while Ganymede shows evidence of extensive tectonic and volcanic activity, persisting until perhaps a billion years ago. Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, is larger than Mercury while the other three are larger than Pluto. - posted in Beginners Forum (No astrophotography here - please read the forum description): Hello .
The Galilean satellites are nearly spherical in shape due to their planetary mass, and so would be considered at least dwarf planets if they were in direct orbit around the Sun. How to Identify Jupiter's Moons. Of Jupiter's moons, eight are regular satellites with prograde and nearly circular orbits that are not greatly inclined with respect to Jupiter's equatorial plane. I can see 4 moons around jupiter with my Nikon 7x50 tropical. It is not difficult to photograph the Galilean satellites as long as you have a telescope or zoom lens (which is effectively a small telescope for your camera). Answer. Find Jupiter's Moons - Interactive Observing Tool and App. Three of them are quite clear and recognizable, and the fourth is somewhat recognizable. • Find the orbital period of one of Jupiter' s moons using the images. Observing jupiter's moon with binoculars . • Pick one of the images where you can see all four moons and identify each one. 1 2. You will need to identify some of Jupiter's moons and their characteristics. There are many interesting moons orbiting the planet, but the ones of most scientific interest are the first four moons discovered beyond Earth—the Galilean satellites. Jupiter's 4 largest moons exhibit some of the most interesting geology in the solar system. Jupiter's famous Great Red Spot (GRS) is much trickier to spot than the Galilean moons. Use our interactive observing tool to say which of the planet's four largest moons is which. The moons are bright enough that you can capture them in a very brief exposure. It will be the brightest visible object in the sky aside from the moon.