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Transit of Jupiter from Titan in 2080?
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post Dec 17 2006, 05:45 PM
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The Cassini spacecraft wasn't able to image the 13 January 2005 transit of Earth visible from Saturn but one of its successors may well be able to capture a view of one of the most spectacular transits of all, that of Jupiter.

I ran some calculations in 2004 and found that on the 19 May 2080 as seen from Titan (and its vicinity) Jupiter will transit the Sun. The underbelly of the giant planet will graze over the Sunís northern tip creating an impressive 40.47 arc second dent in our star and blocking around four percent of its light.

Jupiterís north may escape the Sun but it will be ringed by fire as sunlight is bent through its Hydrogen atmosphere towards Titan, giving valuable clues to its exact chemical composition.

This event is incredibly rare, having last occurred in 86 AD and after the 2080 event there will no repeat until the year 7541.

I used JPL's Solar System simulator to get an image of the event, but as it now only simulates up to 2025, I cannot reproduce the simulation.

Can anyone confirm that this event will occur from Titan on 19 May 2080?


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post Dec 17 2006, 09:55 PM
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This might be showable using Celestia...


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post Dec 17 2006, 11:58 PM
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QUOTE (scalbers @ Dec 18 2006, 08:55 AM) *
This might be showable using Celestia...


Yup.

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Except that in Celestia this happens a day later on the 20th (starting around 13:00 UTC and ending 04:00 UTC on the 21st)

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- As old as Voyager   Transit of Jupiter from Titan in 2080?   Dec 17 2006, 05:45 PM
- - scalbers   This might be showable using Celestia...   Dec 17 2006, 09:55 PM
|- - jamescanvin   QUOTE (scalbers @ Dec 18 2006, 08:55 AM) ...   Dec 17 2006, 11:58 PM
|- - As old as Voyager   Thanks James! That's great! This rare...   Dec 18 2006, 05:11 PM
|- - claurel   QUOTE (jamescanvin @ Dec 17 2006, 03:58 P...   Dec 18 2006, 06:51 PM
- - As old as Voyager   The image I got off JPL's Solar System Simulat...   Dec 18 2006, 08:49 PM
|- - jsheff   QUOTE (As old as Voyager @ Dec 18 2006, 03...   Dec 19 2006, 06:24 AM
- - JRehling   QUOTE (As old as Voyager @ Dec 17 2006, 09...   Dec 18 2006, 10:13 PM
- - jamescanvin   QUOTE (claurel @ Dec 19 2006, 05:51 AM) N...   Dec 19 2006, 07:26 AM
|- - As old as Voyager   Thanks for the extra info on the transits by Jupit...   Dec 19 2006, 05:52 PM
|- - claurel   QUOTE (jamescanvin @ Dec 18 2006, 11:26 P...   Dec 19 2006, 11:33 PM
- - As old as Voyager   Here's another transit to look out for and not...   Dec 19 2006, 06:15 PM
- - jamescanvin   Thanks, now that's a transit! Quite a ...   Dec 20 2006, 12:24 AM
|- - tuvas   QUOTE (jamescanvin @ Dec 19 2006, 05:24 P...   Dec 20 2006, 06:12 PM
|- - claurel   QUOTE (jamescanvin @ Dec 19 2006, 04:24 P...   Dec 21 2006, 09:58 AM
- - tasp   Just wait till the exo-planet hunters turn up a li...   Dec 20 2006, 03:00 AM
|- - JRehling   [...]   Dec 20 2006, 03:36 AM
|- - dvandorn   QUOTE (JRehling @ Dec 19 2006, 10:36 PM) ...   Dec 20 2006, 06:10 AM
- - algorimancer   I would bet that we'll have had a few rovers o...   Dec 20 2006, 03:45 AM
|- - ugordan   QUOTE (algorimancer @ Dec 20 2006, 04:45 ...   Dec 20 2006, 10:22 AM
|- - algorimancer   QUOTE (ugordan @ Dec 20 2006, 04:22 AM) W...   Dec 20 2006, 03:59 PM
|- - ugordan   Good points on MSL, I underestimated its camera. S...   Dec 20 2006, 05:55 PM
- - yaohua2000   But Wikipedia says it will be a near miss. http:/...   Dec 20 2006, 10:08 AM
- - tasp   So sometime around this interesting event Jupiter ...   Dec 20 2006, 03:08 PM
- - djellison   And scienticially interesting as well. Doug   Dec 20 2006, 06:22 PM
|- - As old as Voyager   An even more spectacular view of a Saturn transit ...   Dec 20 2006, 07:15 PM
|- - tuvas   QUOTE (As old as Voyager @ Dec 20 2006, 12...   Dec 20 2006, 07:23 PM
|- - scalbers   QUOTE (tuvas @ Dec 20 2006, 07:23 PM) The...   Dec 21 2006, 10:59 PM
|- - jsheff   QUOTE (tuvas @ Dec 20 2006, 02:23 PM) Sur...   Dec 28 2006, 07:46 PM
|- - tuvas   QUOTE (jsheff @ Dec 28 2006, 12:46 PM) I ...   Dec 28 2006, 07:49 PM
- - jamescanvin   Cheers Chris, although I'm on a Mac so have ve...   Dec 21 2006, 09:50 PM


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