Went Stargazing to See Jupiter and the Stars
With stargazing on our minds lately - this weekend we went out to a local Astronomy get-together to look at the night sky. There were telescopes ranging from 2” apertures to 14” apertures - so there were lots of celestial objects to look at - if you knew what you were looking for.
During the evening we saw (1) Jupiter and the 4 Galilean Moons (Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto), (2) Mizar and Alcor - two stars that form a double star in the handle of the Big Dipper (aka Ursa Major), (3) the "Double-Double" stars of Epsilon 1/2 and Delta 1/2 in the constellation of Lyra near Vega and (4) even a low earth orbit satellite zipping by. Although we did not take any direct photos of the planets, moons and stars that we saw - here are some representative pictures of what they looked like.
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