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Photo Favorites: Jupiter over Manhattan

September 21st, 2010

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Earlier today I noted a few tweets from America’s astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson.  NDGT has been excited over a spectacular night for viewing Jupiter both tonight (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday).

Well, as I was walking home amongst the stop lights, the red was emphatically stated with the LED flashes and the red planet glaring down at me.  I was discussing recently how amazing it is that New York’s air quality has improved so much that you can now actually see the stars on a regular basis.  When I was growing up, the incinerator smoke and smog choked out the stars.  No more.  Now we get a real light show and never more so than tonight with Jupiter’s stark clarity and brightness.

OK, so the Leonid meteor shower may be better, but this night still has me yearning for a telescope (and rural living).

Click on through to see a couple of photos I snapped.  Note that you can actually see the red tint of the planet. 

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