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John

White barges on Jupiter

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Has anyone else noticed these features in Jupiter's North Equatorial Belt (NEB) ?

I've seen them a few times over the past couple of months. They take the form of elongated bright areas on the southern side of the NEB, often adjacent to the area that the Great Red Spot resides in on the SEB. I saw one tonight with my ED120 refractor at 180x. 

I've seen dark barges (as these elongated areas are known) in the NEB in previous years but I can't recall seeing these white barges before.

Two of these features appear quite clearly to the N of the GRS in this image captured on 25-11-13 by SGL member catman161 - hope you don't mind me using your image to illustrate this ! :smiley:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29307236@N07/11058867626/

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Just starting to look at my capture - but got this on the first one tonight:

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Looks like the view through the bottom of a pint pot ;)

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Nice one Jake - that looks like the white barge that I managed to spot tonight  :smiley:

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I looked at Jupiter this morning through my 8" newt with a 10mm lens, looking for Ganymede.

I thought I had seen it as a bright spot near the NEB, to the left of the disc, now I,m not so

sure if this blighter was lurking there I may have seen the Barge and not big G at all.

It was not particularly pin-pointy as is the case, usually, with the moons.

Oooer,    Mick

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Not great seeing last night and I was really experimenting with star test collimation of image train, but pushing the focal length too far @ 4600mm. However both barges are present in images between 0113 and 0200, most visible in G channel.

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I think I've caught them in these images if I've understood you correctly, John:

http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/200636-first-jupiter-of-the-season-and-more/

The GRS has disappeared off the western limb in my images though.

I had noticed them and thought they looked to be more to the south of the NEB, butting up against it.  It looks like there's some blue-ish feature around them the name of which evades me for the moment but my brain tells me it's something to do with curtains :D

To my eye they seem to share a more soft-edged diffuse quality with the cloud feature that follows the GRS, whereas when I've seen the dark (brown, usually?) barges before they seem more hard-edged.

James

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The features in your images could be the same ones I saw James but imaging obviously gives a lot more definition than the visual views. Last night I could clearly see one of these elongated white shapes part embedded in the NEB and having suggestions of darker material framing it, so to speak. It was a bit ahead of the GRS. If' I'd observed for longer I may well have see another of these features as it came around the disk but some clouds spoiled the fun.

Jakes image is the closest to what I was seeing last night I think.

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Yes - I saw one white barge on the 23rd November....

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Yes i was out on Friday for a short tlme around 11 and observed two on the north edge(as viewed with the dob) couldnt sketch as i have broke my arm and could only get a short time with the scope,but definately seen them.

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I've just come in from a little stint dedicated solely to Jupiter and noticed a small dark blemish, diffuse and hard to make out just south of the NEB. Didn't know much about barges but heard them mentioned in passing here in the forums. I didn't get much detail of the GRS I was after but very nice to learn something new tonight!

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Yes. I've seen white barges on a number of occasions in the past couple of months - 22 December undoubtedly being the best view of two of them shortly after GRS rotated off the disc. Jupiter never fails to delight!

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If the spots were on the NEBs then they could of been the lighter patches that precede the festoons maybe?

Scroll down through these and you'll see what I mean. :)

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Yes - I saw one white barge on the 23rd November....

Is it just me or does Jupiter look a little like a pudgy man with a moustache in this sketch? :)

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