Jupiter – now has 79 Moons

Twelve new moons have been discovered orbiting Jupiter, raising the number of natural satellites known to be circling our solar system’s biggest planet to 79. One of the newfound moons, provisionally named “Valetudo” for the Roman goddess of health and hygiene and the great-granddaughter of the god Jupiter, is being called an oddball because it orbits …

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Mars July 4, 2018 – Dust Storm

Mars – July 4, 2018. A planet-wide dust storm currently rages on the surface of the red planet obscuring precious detail. I captured this image just before dawn from my home in Bethel Park, PA. ASI 224 camera. Too much turbulence for a barlow lens.

Bright New Comet Promises Skywatching Treat in 2013

by Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist Date: 30 March 2012 Time: 01:15 PM ET Discovery image of the newfound comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS), taken by Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS 1 telescope. CREDIT: Institute for Astronomy/University of Hawaii/Pan-STARRS View full size image A year from now, it is possible that “comet fever” will be running high when a …

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Archimedes to Plato

Here is a very beautiful area captured during the last quarter moon  We can see the prominent crater Archimedes on the left with the mountains surrounding it, To the right the crater Plato is conspicuous, nestled within Montes Alpes.  Note the craterlets within Plato and the Alpine Valley nearby. Image by – Al Paslow.

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