Many amateur astronomers didn?t even need to break out the hardware yesterday during the rare passing of Jupiter, pictured here
Many amateur astronomers didn?t even need to break out the hardware yesterday during the rare passing of Jupiter, pictured here

Once in a blue moon



CASUAL skywatchers in eastern Australia had the rare opportunity to see the giant planet Jupiter during daylight yesterday.

Canberra-based science teacher Paul Floyd said this was because the moon was close to Jupiter's position in the sky for a short period.

In the Clarence Valley, Jupiter was visible from about 4pm.

The photo above was taken at 4.40pm. Mr Floyd said the event gave casual observers their best chance to see the planet because usually they had little idea precisely where to look, and many believed it was impossible to see the planet in the daytime.

"The problem with doing this usually is that your eyes don't have anything to focus on," he said.



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