Every year, with support from ESERO Ireland, we offer your class the chance to receive their very own, unique, space image. These images are captured by the research staff at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory using a large, 16 inch diameter telescope that can see almost half way back to the beginning of the known universe*! (*Because light takes time to reach us, everything we see in the sky is an image from the past. For instance, by the time the light from our Sun reaches us, it has been travelling for about 8 minutes.)
This year, we will be imaging the largest planet; Jupiter. This enormous gas giant is one of the brightest objects in the night sky and can easily be seen with the naked eye. It will look quite like a very bright star in the night sky. It is visible in the night sky throughout Space Week. If you venture out on the 8th of October, it will be visible almost due south at 8pm. See the image below:
Every school that requests an image will receive a photo of Jupiter unique to them. In the image, you will be able see some of Jupiter’s largest moons, with much more clarity than your average telescope. You may even be able to make out bands of colour on the planet itself! We’ll also forward you an information packet about Jupiter and space missions that have visited this incredible planet, with activities from ESERO and ESA to support learning.
To get your photo of Jupiter, simply fill in the form below. We’ll add you to the Space Image program and send your school a new Space Image for Space Week annually. You’ll also be entered into a draw to potentially win a telescope for your school! If you registered for an image last year, there’s no need to register again. We’ll automatically forward you a Jupiter image.