Ready for "Eyes on Saturn" public event! Yesterday with 15 telescopes of our astronomy association "GrAG" we started in the afternoon observing the Sun and we ended late at night observing Saturn The King of Planets. This is my setup that I called Janus, the ancient roman god with two faces, with one telescope to observe the Sun in white light and and the other one to observe in H-alpha. It has been a great success as we culd share the beauty of the Sun, the Moon , Jupiter and, last but not least, Saturn with over a thousand visitors.
A new day, a new, extraordinary perspective. Here's a unique view of Jupiter and its iconic red spot, courtesy of our Juno spacecraft’s 12th close flyby of the gas giant planet on April 1. This view from the south is unique to Juno and demonstrates how different our view is when we step off the Earth and experience the true nature of our three-dimensional universe.
During these flybys, Juno is probing beneath the cloud cover of Jupiter and studying its auroras to learn more about the planet's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.
Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstäd/Seán Doran
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Swirling cloud belts and tumultuous vortices within Jupiter’s northern hemisphere are seen in this view from a May flyby of the planet's cloud tops by our Juno spacecraft. Looking closer at this chaotic and turbulent world, we see darker cloud material that is deeper in Jupiter’s atmosphere, while bright cloud material is higher. The bright clouds are most likely ammonia or ammonia and water, mixed with a sprinkling of unknown chemical ingredients.
A bright oval at bottom center stands out in the scene. This feature appears uniformly white in ground-based telescope observations. However, with Juno, we can observe the fine-scale structure within this weather system, including additional structures within it. There is not significant motion apparent in the interior of this feature; like the Great Red Spot, its winds probably slows down greatly toward the center.
Since 2016 Juno has been penetrating Jupiter’s deep, colorful zones and belts in a quest to answer fundamental questions about the gas giant planet's origin and evolution.
Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt /Seán Doran
We just had to run into the house when a swarm of honey bees flew through our pasture, we set off on a trail in their direction to see if we could help the neighbors find them. We got a bit higher up the hill and as I looked back we could see our little Airbnb house. Thankful for much needed rest in nature and for our family. NC is such a beautiful place..... .
Summer doesn't slow us down! Joe earned his next belt level before going on a vacation.
Let's give Kids like Joe a LIKE for training in Summer months and putting in the extra effort before his vacation! Well done Joe!