Sunday, February 26, 2017

finding the GRS

Phil asked me for the current longitude of the Great Red Spot. I didn't know off the top of my head.

He did some digging. "Found it on Cal Tech. 263°."

I shared that this was consistent with the setting in SkyTools 3 Pro on John Charles. 262.

Still, I finally logged into Sky and Telescopes site and ran the interactive GRS tool. It said the Jovian spot was at 259 in January. The page reminded us that the giant storm on Jupiter migrates just over 1° each month.

There I noted the link to JUPOS. Ah ha! That's what I had been thinking of.

location of Great Red Spot from JUPOS

Seems that 263 is a very good number.

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