Sunday, 31 October 2010

A little orange dot and a great red spot..

A great red spot

A little orange dot

I carved a pumpkin in anticipation of evening confectionery pirates... No show by 7.30 so I put it out for the owls and turned binoculars on the night sky. In the south eastern aspect a brighter than usual point with fuzzy edges.

How Gallileo managed to plot and map the position and topography of this gas giant is beyond me.. With good quality modern compact binoculars, I could make out three of the moons of Jupiter. Probably Ganymede, Io and Callisto according to the Guardian... A first!

Now to knock a hole in the roof and set up a telescope for winter....

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