After a cool and cloudy July, we finally had a few clear skies this week . Set up the telescope and enjoyed some star gazing over the weekend. You can click on the thumbnail to the right and see a photograph I took through the telescope of Jupiter and three moons Io, Europa, and Gannymede.

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Eleven times the diameter of Earth, the rotation of this enormous ball of hydrogen and helium is the fastest of all the Solar System's planets, completing a rotation on its axis in slightly less than ten hours; this creates an equatorial bulge easily seen in this photograph. The
Great Red Spot , a turbulent storm, is visible right in the foreground.