Posted by BC on August 25th, 2009
Jupiter has been giving us some fantastic views of the atmospheric banding, an impact spot, and the four Galilean Satellites. Since Jupiter is visible all night for a while to come, you can take advantage of the appearance to watch some events that cannot be seen with many of the other planets.
Eclipsing moons is one of these events. Watch as one of the giant moons passes in front of another. You may also see a moon transit the planetary disc and cast a dark shadow on the disc as the moon creeps across the spanse.
Through a telescope with a good amount of magnification, you may even see festoons in the bands of the atmospere. The Great Red Spot is nice to view through moderate magnification, as well.