Posts from August 2005

  • Jupiter Redux

    Well, I just had to go out again last night and check out Jupiter. With it setting earlier and earlier these days, there are fewer and fewer opportunities to observe it.

    Unfortunately, the weather has been very unpleasant lately (it’s mid-August, but it feels like mid-September!), and so seeing wasn’t great, with a lot of atmospheric turbulence. Still, I got a beautiful view of the Galilean Moons again. It’s fascinating seeing them change position… rather than being in a straight line, as in my previous observations, this time Io and Ganymede were to one side and Callisto to the other. Just beautiful.

  • Jupiter and It's Moons

    Wow, it’s been a while. Three years?! Yeesh… well, now that we’ve finally moved into the new house, which is further out from the city core, hopefully I’ll get around to doing more observing.

    Speaking of which, I decided to observe Jupiter tonight. It’s setting quite early these days, so I expected a lot of atmospheric disturbance, but there was surprisingly little! The planet face didn’t have a lot of detail at roughly 100x, though light and dark regions were visible (no spot, though it was facing us).

    Of the Galilean Moons visible, Io, Calisto, and Ganymede were present, forming a rough line to one side of the planet. Quite pretty, actually.