Animations



Saturn animations showing the apparent change in the tilt of Saturn's rings. The tilt of Saturn's axis is actually fixed but it is the relative motion between the Earth and Saturn along their orbits that produces the apparent change seen in the animations. These animations were produced from eight sets of images taken during the 2003 through the 2013 observing seasons.
3D Flash Animation - 66 Kb
3D glasses required. The red lens needs to go over the left eye.
3D Saturn Animation.
3D Flash Animation

Flash Animation - 81 Kb Saturn Animation.
Flash Animation



Jupiter animations showing a transit of Ganymede and a transit of Io's shadow. Photographs taken with an 8" Meade LXD55 SCT and SPC900 NC webcam in 640x480 mode. The animation consists of 20 images that were captured on November 21, 2009 between 0:00 UT and 0:57 UT. The larger animation is in 564x405 resolution, while the smaller animation is in 282x203 resolution. Jupiter was centered and cropped in each of the frames using K3CCDTools version 1. The images were converted into an animation using Ulead GIF Animator version 5. You will need the Adobe Flash plugin to view these animations.
Larger Flash Animation - 265 Kb Jupiter Animation. Nov. 21, 2009
Large Flash Animation

Smaller Flash Animation - 78 Kb Jupiter Animation. Nov. 21, 2009
Small Flash Animation

Jupiter animations showing the Great Red Spot, impact scar, and the transit of Europa and its shadow. Ganymede is seen emerging from an occultation and Io is seen being eclipsed by Jupiter's shadow. There is a gap in the sequences about 2/3 of the way through when I had to flip the scope over to the other side of the mount. Photographs taken with an 8" Meade LXD55 SCT and SPC900 NC webcam in 640x480 mode. The animation consists of 48 images that were captured on August 2, 2009 between 5:52 UT and 8:18 UT. The larger animation is in 599x437 resolution, while the smaller animation is in 300x219 resolution. Jupiter was centered and cropped in each of the frames using K3CCDTools version 1. The images were converted into an animation using Ulead GIF Animator version 5. You will need the Adobe Flash plugin to view these animations.
Large 3D Flash Animation - 958 Kb
3D glasses required. The red lens needs to go over the left eye.
3D Jupiter Animation. August 2, 2009
3D Flash Animation

Small 3D Flash Animation - 333 Kb
3D glasses required. The red lens needs to go over the left eye.
3D Jupiter Animation. August 2, 2009
3D Flash Animation

Larger Flash Animation - 1,170 Kb Jupiter Animation. August 2, 2009
Large Flash Animation

Smaller Flash Animation - 360 Kb Jupiter Animation. August 2, 2009
Small Flash Animation



Jupiter animations showing the impact scar. Photographs taken with an 8" Meade LXD55 SCT and SPC900 NC webcam in 640x480 mode. The animation consists of 24 images that were captured on July 31, 2009 between 5:57 UT and 7:06 UT. The larger animation is in 565x417 resolution, while the smaller animation is in 283x209 resolution. Jupiter was centered and cropped in each of the frames using K3CCDTools version 1. The images were converted into an animation using Ulead GIF Animator version 5. You will need the Adobe Flash plugin to view these animations.
Larger Flash Animation - 579 Kb Jupiter Animation. July 31, 2009
Large Flash Animation

Smaller Flash Animation - 193 Kb Jupiter Animation. July 31, 2009
Small Flash Animation



Jupiter animations showing the impact scar and Europa. Photographs taken with an 8" Meade LXD55 SCT and SPC900 NC webcam in 640x480 mode. The animation consists of 21 images that were captured on July 26, 2009 between 6:16 UT and 7:46 UT. The larger animation is in 593x437 resolution, while the smaller animation is in 297x219 resolution. Jupiter was centered and cropped in each of the frames using K3CCDTools version 1. The images were converted into an animation using Ulead GIF Animator version 5. You will need the Adobe Flash plugin to view these animations.
Larger Flash Animation - 445 Kb Jupiter Animation. July 26, 2009
Large Flash Animation

Smaller Flash Animation - 148 Kb Jupiter Animation. July 26, 2009
Small Flash Animation



Jupiter animations showing the Great Red Spot and the transit of Io and its shadow. Photographs taken with an 8" Meade LXD55 SCT and SPC900 NC webcam in 640x480 mode. The animation consists of 27 images that were captured on July 18, 2009 between 7:56 UT and 9:21 UT. The larger animation is in 481x354 resolution, while the smaller animation is in 241x177 resolution. Jupiter was centered and cropped in each of the frames using K3CCDTools version 1. The images were converted into an animation using Ulead GIF Animator version 5. You will need the Adobe Flash plugin to view these animations.
3D Flash Animation - 346 Kb
3D glasses required. The red lens needs to go over the left eye.
3D Jupiter Animation. July 18, 2009
3D Flash Animation

Larger Flash Animation - 826 Kb Jupiter Animation. July 18, 2009
Large Flash Animation

Smaller Flash Animation - 194 Kb Jupiter Animation. July 18, 2009
Small Flash Animation



Jupiter animations showing the Great Red Spot and the transit of Europa's shadow. Photographs taken with an 8" Meade LXD55 SCT and SPC900 NC webcam in 640x480 mode. The animation consists of 30 images that were captured on July 8, 2009 between 7:59 UT and 9:25 UT. The larger animation is in 561x429 resolution, while the smaller animation is in 280x245 resolution. Jupiter was centered and cropped in each of the frames using K3CCDTools version 1. The images were converted into an animation using Ulead GIF Animator version 5. You will need the Adobe Flash plugin to view these animations.
Larger Flash Animation - 731 Kb Jupiter Animation. July 8, 2009
Large Flash Animation

Smaller Flash Animation - 223 Kb Jupiter Animation. July 8, 2009
Small Flash Animation



Jupiter animations showing the Great Red Spot and the transits of Europa and its shadow. For an annotated version of one of the frames refer to the Jupiter photo page (Annotated Image) Photographs taken with an 8" Meade LXD55 SCT and SPC900 NC webcam in 640x480 mode. The animation consists of 20 images that were captured on July 1, 2009 between 7:58 UT and 8:56 UT. The larger animation is in 570x425 resolution, while the smaller animation is in 285x213 resolution. Jupiter was centered and cropped in each of the frames using K3CCDTools version 1. The images were converted into an animation using Ulead GIF Animator version 5. You will need the Adobe Flash plugin to view these animations.
Larger Flash Animation - 335 Kb Jupiter Animation. July 1, 2009
Large Flash Animation

Smaller Flash Animation - 117 Kb Jupiter Animation. July 1, 2009
Small Flash Animation



Jupiter animations showing Ganymede emerging from Jupiter's shadow and then disappearing behind Jupiter. Photographs taken with an 8" Meade LXD55 SCT and SPC900 NC webcam in 640x480 mode. The animation consists of 22 images that were captured on June 27, 2009 between 8:01 UT and 8:59 UT. The larger animation is in 581x443 resolution, while the smaller animation is in 291x222 resolution. Jupiter was centered and cropped in each of the frames using K3CCDTools version 1. The images were converted into an animation using Ulead GIF Animator version 5. You will need the Adobe Flash plugin to view these animations.
Larger Flash Animation - 373 Kb Jupiter Animation. June 27th, 2009
Large Flash Animation

Smaller Flash Animation - 130 Kb Jupiter Animation. June 27th, 2009
Small Flash Animation



Jupiter animations showing the transit of Io's shadow. Io is visible to the left. Photographs taken with an 8" Meade LXD55 SCT and SPC900 NC webcam in 640x480 mode. The animation consists of 18 images that were captured on May 24, 2009 between 10:03 UT and 10:47 UT. The larger animation is in 518x381 resolution, while the smaller animation is in 259x191 resolution. Jupiter was centered and cropped in each of the frames using K3CCDTools version 1. The images were converted into an animation using Ulead GIF Animator version 5. You will need the Adobe Flash plugin to view these animations.
3D Flash Animation - 291 Kb
3D glasses required. The red lens needs to go over the left eye.
3D Jupiter Animation. May 24th, 2009
Large 3D Flash Animation

Larger Flash Animation - 218 Kb Jupiter Animation. May 24th, 2009
Large Flash Animation

Smaller Flash Animation - 90 Kb Jupiter Animation. May 24th, 2009
Small Flash Animation



Jupiter animations showing the Great Red Spot. Photographs taken with an 8" Meade LXD55 SCT and SPC900 NC webcam in 640x480 mode. The animation consists of 25 images that were captured on September 28, 2008 between 0:34 UT and 1:39 UT. The larger animation is in 483x372 resolution, while the smaller animation is in 242x186 resolution. Jupiter was centered and cropped in each of the frames using K3CCDTools version 1. Photoshop CS2 was used for adjusting the color balance. The images were converted into an animation using Ulead GIF Animator version 5. You will need the Adobe Flash plugin to view these animations.
Larger Flash Animation - 432 Kb Jupiter Animation. Sept. 28th, 2008
Large Flash Animation

Smaller Flash Animation - 123 Kb Jupiter Animation. Sept. 28th, 2008
Small Flash Animation



Jupiter animations showing the Great Red Spot. Photographs taken with an 8" Meade LXD55 SCT and SPC900 NC webcam in 640x480 mode. The animation consists of 37 images that were captured on September 18, 2008 between 0:52 UT and 2:40 UT. The larger animation is in 372x376 resolution, while the smaller animation is in 250x253 resolution. Jupiter was centered and cropped in each of the frames using K3CCDTools version 1. Photoshop CS2 was used for adjusting the color balance. The images were converted into an animation using Ulead GIF Animator version 5. You will need the Adobe Flash plugin to view these animations.
Larger Flash Animation - 905 Kb Jupiter Animation. Sept. 18th, 2008
Large Flash Animation

Smaller Flash Animation - 454 Kb Jupiter Animation. Sept. 18th, 2008
Small Flash Animation



Jupiter animations showing the transit of Ganymede's shadow. Photographs taken with an 8" Meade LXD55 SCT and ToUcam Pro in 640x480 mode. The animation consists of 16 images that were captured on July 29, 2006 between 2:01 UT and 2:47 UT. The larger animation is in 400x400 resolution, while the smaller animation is in 200x200 resolution. Jupiter was centered and cropped in each of the frames using ppmcentre. Paint Shop Pro version 9 was used for adjusting the color balance. The images were converted into an animated GIF using Ulead GIF Animator version 1.5.
Larger Animated GIF Jupiter Animation. July 29, 2006
Larger Image - 620 Kb
Smaller Animated GIF Smaler Jupiter Animation. July 29, 2006
Smaller Image - 218 Kb


Jupiter animations showing Io and its shadow in transit. Photographs taken with an 8" Meade LXD55 SCT and ToUcam Pro in 640x480 mode. The animation consists of 15 images that were captured on July 24, 2006 between 1:47 UT and 2:42 UT. The larger animation is in 500x400 resolution, while the smaller animation is in 250x200 resolution. Jupiter was centered and cropped in each of the frames using ppmcentre. Paint Shop Pro version 9 was used for adjusting the color balance. Astra Image 2.5Max was used for applying Lucy-Richardson deconvolution. The images were converted into an animated GIF using Ulead GIF Animator version 1.5.
Larger Animated GIF Jupiter Animation. July 24, 2006
Larger Image - 568 Kb
Smaller Animated GIF Smaler Jupiter Animation. July 24, 2006
Smaller Image - 187 Kb


Jupiter animations. Photographs taken with an 8" Meade LXD55 SCT and ToUcam Pro in 640x480 mode. The animation consists of 14 images that were captured on April 27, 2006 between 7:14 UT and 7:45 UT. The larger animation is in 640x480 resolution, with annotations, while the smaller animation is in 320x240 resolution (reduced using IrfanView). Jupiter was centered in each of the frames using AstroArt version 3.0 (the Align function under the Image menu). Paint Shop Pro version 5 was used to clean up the centered images. The images were then imported into Ulead GIF Animator version 1.5.
Larger Animated GIF Jupiter Animation. April 27, 2006
Larger Image - 665 Kb
Smaller Animated GIF Smaler Jupiter Animation. April 27, 2006
Smaller Image - 196 Kb


Jupiter animations. Photographs taken with an 8" Meade LXD55 SCT and ToUcam Pro in 640x480 mode. The animation consists of 14 images that were captured on April 9, 2006 between 7:40 UT and 8:19 UT. The larger animation is in 640x480 resolution, with annotations, while the smaller animation is in 320x240 resolution (reduced using IrfanView). Jupiter was centered in each of the frames using AstroArt version 3.0 (the Align function under the Image menu). Paint Shop Pro version 5 was used to clean up the centered images. The images were then imported into Ulead GIF Animator version 1.5.
Larger Animated GIF Jupiter Animation. April 9, 2006
Larger Image - 612 Kb
Smaller Animated GIF Smaler Jupiter Animation. April 9, 2006
Smaller Image - 173 Kb


Jupiter animations. Photographs taken with an 8" Meade LXD55 SCT and ToUcam Pro in 640x480 mode. The animation consists of 23 images that were captured on June 19, 2005 between 2:07 UT and 3:08 UT. The larger animation is in 640x480 resolution while the smaller animation is in 320x240 resolution (reduced using IrfanView). Jupiter was centered in each of the frames using AstroArt version 3.0 (the Align function under the Image menu). Paint Shop Pro version 5 was used to clean up the centered images. The images were then imported into Ulead GIF Animator version 1.5. The 3D animations were produced by taking consecutive pairs of images and converting them to 3D anaglyphs using Anaglyph Maker ver 1.08. The resulting 3D images were then run through Ulead GIF Animator.
Larger Animated GIF Jupiter Animation. June 19, 2005
Larger Image - 1,013 Kb
Smaller Animated GIF Smaler Jupiter Animation. June 19, 2005
Smaller Image - 315 Kb
Larger 3D Animated GIF
3D glasses required. The red lens needs to go over the left eye.
3D Jupiter Animation. June 19, 2005
Larger Image - 781 Kb
Smaller 3D Animated GIF
3D glasses required. The red lens needs to go over the left eye.
Smaler 3D Jupiter Animation. June 19, 2005
Smaller Image - 281 Kb


Jupiter animations. Photographs taken with an 8" Meade LXD55 SCT and ToUcam Pro in 640x480 mode. The animation consists of 20 images that were captured on May 16, 2005. The larger animation is in 640x480 resolution while the smaller animation is in 320x240 resolution (reduced using IrfanView). Jupiter was centered in each of the frames using AstroArt version 3.0 (the Align function under the Image menu). Paint Shop Pro version 5 was used to clean up the centered images. The images were then imported into Ulead GIF Animator version 1.5.
Larger Animated GIF Jupiter Animation. May 16, 2005
Larger Image - 939 Kb
Smaller Animated GIF Smaler Jupiter Animation. May 16, 2005
Smaller Image - 287 Kb