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Jupsat Pro Page Title Graphic

Learn About The Solar System's Largest Planet - Jupiter
Predict Great Red Spot Transit Times,
Satellite Transits and Eclipses
And Times of Mutual Satellite Phenomena
See How Jupiter And Satellites Interact With Animations!


- Jupsat Pro is a utility for Windows PCs which provides a
range of information on Jupiter and graphically displays the planet
(including its Great Red Spot) and the positions of its four main
satellites, Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto (in real time).

Read the Sky & Telescope Review Here

Features

The version reviewed in the April 2005 issue of Sky & Telescope was
V1.32. The current version is V1.75. New features introduced since
V1.32 are listed below along with the other features of the software.
* NASA TV screen displays a live video feed direct from NASA
(needs a high-speed internet connection)
* Jupiter In The News screen displays the latest web-linked
news items about Jupiter
* General Astronomy News screen displays the latest
web-linked news items from the world of astronomy
* Links to online resources about Jupiter, its satellites
and missions and various radio astronomy resources relating to
Jupiter
* Calculates times of satellite eclipses by Jupiter's shadow
* The Satellite Tracks diagram now matches what would be
seen through the selected optics (previously, the diagram showed
the tracks as seen through a Newtonian relector)
The Satellite Tracks diagrams can now be printed out
The Great Red Spot Transit times can now be printed out
Calculates and displays the positions of Jupiter's four main
(Galilean) moons - Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto for any date
and time
* Displays side-on and plan views of Jovian system
* The display can be changed to support the view as seen through
different optical configurations
* The position of the Great Red Spot is shown for the selected time
and date
* Shadows of the satellites are displayed crossing Jupiter's disk
* The displays can be animated to show the movement of the
satellites, their shadows and the Great Red Spot
* The displays can be zoomed so as to see satellite phenomena in
greater detail
* Times of Great Red Spot transits are calculated for the selected
month
* A diagram of the satellite tracks for the selected month can be
viewed
* Times of satellite phenomena (Transits, occultations, etc.) are
calculted for the selected date
* Compass directions show the orientation of Jupiter and its
satellites depending on what hemisphere you live in and what
optical configuration you have selected
* View rotating maps of each of the four satellites
* Displays the Rise, Transit and Set times of Jupiter for your
location so you can make the most of your observing opportunities
* Displays the position of Jupiter (in RA/Dec and Alt/Az) along with
its magnitude and distance amongst other data
* Numeric distances (in Jupiter radii) for each of the satellites are
displayed
* Data for satellites that are transiting or being occulted by
Jupiter are displayed in different colours for easy identification

Main Screen Layout

NOTE: The various windows in this application can be moved around the
screen by clicking on the window title and dragging the window to the
desired position on screen. Jupsat Pro "remembers" where you last
positioned a window so it will appear at that location on screen when
it's next opened.

Jupsat Pro does not use the conventional Windows' look and feel.
Instead, a unique (and hopefully pleasing) interface has been designed
for the application. The minimum resolution required for Jupsat Pro is
1024x768.

Menu

Across the top of the screen is the menu bar offering icons for viewing
Great Red Spot transit times, times of Satellite Phenomena, the
Satellite Tracks diagram, changing optical view, displaying a rotating
satellite map, animating the Jovian system, changing the time/date,
NASA TV, Jupiter News, Web Resources, Help, About, Shop and Exit
functions.



Below this is the side-on view of the Jovian system. Below that, to the
left is all the numeric data for Jupiter and its satellites. To the
right is the Plan View of the Jovian system.

Numeric Data: Top Pane

This is split into four panes. The top pane is where you enter
in your information - your latitude and longitude. This pane also
includes the date and time. This defaults to realtime (read from your
PC's clock).

Below these is the Zoom slider which lets you zoom the Side-On and Plan
views of the Jovian system. Just move the slider button left/right to
the position you want.

Below this is the Animation interval. This specifies the interval (in
minutes) between each calculation. The default is 5 minutes. Shorter
times will produce a slower animation, greater times will produce a
faster animation.

The Longitude of Jupiter's Great Red Spot (GRS) changes over time.
Currently, it's at 93 degrees. The textbox in this top pane allows you
to update the GRS longitude when it changes. Settings (apart from
time/date/zoom) are automatically stored so you won't have to keep
updating them each time you run the program.

Finally, in the bottom right of this pane is the compass. This shows
you the orientation of Jupiter and its satellites. The orientation
depends on whether you've set a Northern or Southern latitude and what
optical configuration you've selected.

Numeric Data: Second Pane

This pane contains all the information about Jupiter itself and
includes its position in Right Ascension and Declination, Azimuth and
Altitude, Jupiter's magnitude, its phase and distance and the amount of
time light takes to travel from there to here. Also listed are the
Rise, Transit and Set times of Jupiter. The figures here depend on what
latitude and longitude you entered, so for accurate times, use the most
accuarate latitude and longitude values you can. Jupiter's current
axial inclination, Position Angle, Phase Angle are also listed as are
the Polar and Equatorial diameters (in Arcseconds). These last figures
show how large Jupiter is - the bigger the figures, the larger Jupiter
will appear in a telescope.

Numeric Data: Third Pane

This pane lists the Central Meridian figures for both System I and
System II rotations.

Numeric Data: Bottom Pane

This pane lists data for Jupiter's satellites. This consists of each
satellite's distance from Jupiter (north-south and east-west distances,
measured in multiples of Jupiter's radius) and the angle of Inferior
Conjunction for each satellite. Inferior Conjunction occurs at zero (0)
degrees when a satellite is directly behind Jupiter. The angles are
measured westward from this point, going to 90 degrees West, 180
degrees West (when the satellite is immediately in front of Jupiter, to
270 degrees West and finally back to zero.

The Use Of Colour Coding

Colour applies particularly to the satellites as drawn in the display
windows and their numerical information. On screen, Io is white;
Europa, yellow; Ganymede, orange and Callisto, light blue. Numerical
information is normally printed in black. When a satellite is
transiting Jupiter, (passing in front of Jupiter's disk), then it's
numerical information is printed in Yellow. If a satellite is being
occulted by Jupiter, (behind Jupiter's disk), it's corresponding
numerical information is printed in Blue.

Selecting a Different Date and Time

Jupsat Pro defaults to running in realtime. In order to use particular
date and time (other than the current), you need to click the stop
button to stop Jupsat Pro from running in realtime. You can then edit
the date and time in the top numeric pane as required.

To switch Jupsat Pro back into realtime mode, simply click the clock
icon.

Great Red Spot Transit Times

Clicking the red circle icon produces a table of GRS transit times for
the selected month and year. Times listed are in Local Time.

The Great Red Spot's longitude changes over time and will need to be
updated at some stage. The new value is entered into the top pane
beside the Red Spot Longitude (System II) heading. Jovian System II
longitudes are used within the calculations.

Dates for every day in the month are printed down the left of the
diagram. Days are shown against alternate black and dark-grey
backgrounds. If the month or year is changed on the main Jupsat Pro
window, the GRS Transit screen will automatically update with the
transit times for the new month.

The printer icon at the top left of the window allows you to print out
the Great Red Spot Transit times.


Satellite Phenomena Times

Clicking the icon of Jupiter with a satellite produces a table of
satellite phenomena for the selected date. Times listed are in Local
Time.

The data is displayed in four columns: date, satellite, time of
phenomena and phenomena description. If the day, month or year is
changed on the main Jupsat Pro window, the Phenomena screen will
automatically update with the satellite phenomena for the new date.


Satellite Tracks Diagram

Clicking the paw-prints icon calls up a diagram that displays the
satellite tracks diagram for the selected month. The tracks
calculations are based on your Local Time.

Dates are listed down the side of the diagram. Jupiter is represented
by the parallel white lines down the middle of the diagram. The colours
of the tracks are the same as those used for their corresponding
satellites on the side and plan view windows: Io - White; Europa -
Yellow; Ganymede - Orange; Callisto - Light Blue.

If the month or year is changed on the main Jupsat Pro window, the
Tracks diagram will automatically update to show the correct tracks for
the new date.

The printer icon at the top left of the window allows you to print out
the Satellite Tracks diagram.

Changing Optical View

When viewing Jupiter through binoculars, it is 'the right way up'; i.e.
it's orientation is the same in binoculars as it appears in the sky.
When looking through an astronomical telescope, however, Jupiter is
inverted (upside down). Four icons on the toolbar represent the view
that Jupsat Pro is displaying:


Binoculars:

These represent the 'normal' view

Telescope:

Represents the view through an astronomical telescope (upside-down and
flipped left to right)

Star Diagonal:

Represents the view through a telescope that uses a diagonal
(upside-down)

Telescope With Star Diagonal:

Represents the view as seen through a telescope that flips the view
left to right only.

The view can be cycled by clicking the currently active icon.

View Window

- Clicking the eye icon calls up a menu that lets you
display a rotating satellite in place of the plan-view window. This
lets you see what the Jovian satellites look like in closeup.

There's also an option to display Jupiter in this window, This display
is designed to show where the Red Spot is on Jupiter (as seen from
Earth). Jupiter itself does not rotate in the way that the satellite
images do. The Jupiter view is tied to Jupiter as it appears in the
Side-View window and is, essentially, a greatly magnified view of
Jupiter from that window. However, if you turn on the animation
feature, Jupiter in this window will rotate synchronously with Jupiter
in the Side-View window.

The last option in the menu lets you return to the Plan-View.

Animation

To the left of the Jupsat Pro title are three icons - a fast forward
icon, a stop icon and a clock icon. The Fast-Forward icon puts Jupsat
Pro into animation mode. Calculations are performed for the animation
interval specified on the top numeric pane (this defaults to 5
minutes). You can change the interval value to slow down or speed up
the animation of the satellites' movement or change the interval type
from minutes to seconds to really slow down what's happening.

Jupiter also rotates in the animation so you can see the Great Red Spot
moving as well as the satellites.

To stop the animation from running, either click the Stop icon (the
time and date will remain at the values where the animation was
stopped) or click the Clock icon (the time and date will return to the
current time and Jupsat Pro will return to realtime mode).

NASA TV

Introduced in V1.70, this new screen shows streaming video
direct from NASA TV. It requires a high-speed or broadband internet
connection in order to be used. What's shown is a live (not a
pre-recorded) stream.

At top left of the screen are two arrows. The "Up" arrow makes the
screen stay above all other windows on your desktop. You can still move
the window around by clicking and dragging on the window title (the
main Jupsat Pro screen will reappear when you do this). The "Down"
arrow stops the window from always being on top.

The "NASA Television" icon beside the "X" exit icon calls up the
current NASA TV Schedule so you can see what programs of interest are
coming up.

The controls at the bottom of the sceen allow you to to stop or restart
the streaming video, turn the sound on or off and change the volume.
Since this is a live feed, the Return To Start and Go To End buttons
will have no effect.

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Astronomy & Space News

Another new screen (introduced in V1.70), this shows current news items
relating to Jupiter or a list of current astronomy news stories. You
need to click the Get Latest News button at the bottom of the screen to
refresh the news stories, so you need to be online when doing this. The
amount of information downloaded is only about 100-500Kb, so if you
only have a dial-up modem, it won't take long to download the news.

News stories are presented as title/description combinations. Clicking
any news story will open the full story in your internet browser.
Again, you'll need to be online in order to read the full versions of
the news stories.

At the top right of the screen are two options that allow you to
display news specifically about Jupiter or more General astronomy and
space news.

Online Resources

V1.75 also sees the addition of a number of online resources that are
related to Jupiter; from informational sites that describe the planet
and its satellites to sites that concern Jupiter's radio emissions (and
how you can hear them), to sites detailing previous missions to Jupiter
and its satellites along with a wide range of images and movies of the
Jovian system.

Remember that all future upgrades are free so you'll never have to
pay more for the software.

Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions for improving
Jupsat Pro. The software has been improved over the years with
suggestions from people like you.

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