What's that? (October 14, 2005)
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Some people who glance at the SOHO images of the Sun and its surrounding areas are likely to spot bright objects sliding by from right to left or left to right and wonder what they are. The objects usually have a bright center and horizontal lines sticking out on the left and right. Well, these are the planets of our solar system whose brightness usually overwhelms our sensitive C3 imager and causes the light to spread out to the sides. This week we have one of these objects crawling into view (from the left) and it is Jupiter. It will pass across our field of view until Nov. 2, 2005. If you want to know when these transits will be occurring, you can see the chart compiled for 2005by Sebastian F. Hoenig on the SOHO comet page.
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