We looked at Jupiter through several different scopes and Bill showed us the 'Ring Nebula'. Will had fun showing off his 4.5" Celestron while I fiddled with both the 12" reflector (Roll-Off) and the 6" refractor (upstairs dome). Io went behind Jupiter at 7:19 pm. We had been watching it get closer and closer, wondering if it would cross in front or behind the giant planet. Ganymede, Europa and Calisto were also visible.
Fred gave them a Planetarium show and while the Prof was trying to take pictures I was nominated to lead the Library tour. Dave is the current club librarian and he said that it contains over 1,000 astronomy-related books, magazines, videos and DVD's. Quite a collection!!
The crowd departed with their notebooks - apparently a 4-page paper on Astronomy is due next week. They had fun and asked a lot of questions - which I was glad to answer. Good luck to all!
I then spent some quiet time with the Moon. The fast-moving clouds made for some interesting lighting on - and around - the Moon.
The rest of today's images are in my Picasa Web Album.
Thought for today:
“The moon, like a flower- William Blake (English Poet, Painter and Engraver. 1757-1827)
In heaven's high bower,
With silent delight
Sits and smiles on the night.”