Do a Doubletake: Jupiter and Europa

Article written: 9 Nov , 2012
Updated: 23 Dec , 2015

Here’s a recent view of Jupiter, with its moon Europa just coming into view from behind the planet, as seen by Efrain Morales of the Jaicoa Observatory in Puerto Rico. Why two images? This is a different way to see it in 3-D — just focus on the center between the 2 images and kind of cross your eyes. Not everyone can see the effect, but its pretty cool when it works. Click the image for a larger version.

Efrain took the image on November 4th, at 07:20 UTC. Also visible are the Great Red Spot and Oval Ba transiting across the Jovian disk.

Equipment: LX200ACF 12 in. OTA, CGE mount, Flea3 Ccd, TeleVue 3x barlows, Astronomik RGB filter set.

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5 Responses

  1. Bob Rogers says

    Viewed it 24 inches from the laptop screen and focused on my thumb halfway between
    Very realistic

  2. Jon Tabor says

    This is like those 3D posters at the mall, right?

    “Oh look, it’s a schooner!”

  3. Josh Anderson says

    Pretty cool once you are able to focus on the combined images. Once your eyes are slightly crossed, you should see 3 images of Jupiter. Focus on the center image. once you are locked in, the center image will appear 3D while the images on either side remain 2D.


  5. Member
    Aqua4U says

    That works for me! I’d like to see this technique done with an animated sequence of images?

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