Using Galilean satellites’ mutual orbital events as an educational tool for studies of orbital dynamics
We present a methodology to analyse and interpret a set of telescopic observations of the mutual orbital phenomena between Jupiter’s Galilean satellites (occultation and eclipses) as a practical teaching tool for photometry and astrodynamic studies in astronomy courses. The mutual phenomena we describe took place in 2014 and 2015 and the observations were obtained using a 28 cm aperture telescope and a video camera. We introduce simple models to explain occultation and eclipses of the events, and offer the data and the software for their analysis.
Rojas, J. F., & Sánchez-Lavega, A. (2017). Using Galilean satellites’ mutual orbital events as an educational tool for studies of orbital dynamics. European Journal of Physics, 38(6), 065601. https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6404/aa83d3