Thursday, January 7, 2010

Jupiter tonight!

The Galilean Revolution, 400 years later | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine
From Bad Astronomer:
"Tonight, just after sunset, Jupiter will be a glowing white beacon in the southwest just after sunset. I have a Galileoscope, an inexpensive telescope created as part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, an effort to get as many people on Earth to look up as possible. I think perhaps it would be fitting if I brave the subzero temperature outside, maybe for just a few minutes, and take a look at the mighty planet. Tonight’s display is better than Galileo himself had it: all four moons will be perfectly arrayed, two on each side of Jupiter’s face."
It may not be sub-zero (he lives way up north) in Florida but despite our unusual cold snap, I hope to look up and make the same connections as well tonight!

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