- September 26, 2012 |
- 6:01 pm
Using little more than a backyard telescope and his experience observing the night sky, amateur astronomer Emmanuel Kardasis has produced a detailed map of Jupiter’s largest moon Ganymede.
“Ganymede was a fascinating target for me,” said Kardasis, who will present his work at the European Planetary Science Congress in Madrid on Sept. 27, adding that he wanted to go after a very small target in order to test the limits of his abilities.
Though Ganymede is the biggest moon in the solar system — larger in fact than the planet Mercury — and can be seen in the night sky with a simple pair of binoculars, it still appears as just a tiny speck of light next to the much larger Jupiter.
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