Sunday, February 8, 2015

Jupiter, The Moon, & The Capitol

Thursday night, I took a few photos of the Capitol with the Moon and one of a very tiny Jupiter right above the peak of the dome (see above).  While it is not very bright, Jupiter still outshone any of the stars due to the city's light pollution.  It looked so small and insignificant in the sky even though Jupiter is 11 times the size of the Earth.  This got me thinking about the scale of Jupiter, the Earth, and the Moon using the Capitol for a frame of reference.  After some research and rough calculations, I came up with this graphic at the very bottom that tries to put these sizes into context, though the sizes are still hard to grasp!

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