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Daily Astronomy Blurb: A Long Storm System on Saturn

It was one of the largest and longest lived storms ever recorded in our Solar System. First seen in late 2010, the above cloud formation in the northern hemisphere of Saturn started larger than the Earth and soon spread completely around the planet. The storm was tracked not only from Earth but from up close by the robotic Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn. Pictured here in false colored infrared in February, orange colors indicate clouds deep in the atmosphere, while light colors highlight clouds higher up. The rings of Saturn are seen nearly edge-on as the thin blue horizontal line. The warped dark bands are the shadows of the rings cast onto the cloud tops by the Sun to the upper left. A source of radio noise from lightning, the intense storm was thought to relate to seasonal changes when spring emerges in the north of Saturn. After raging for over six months, the iconic storm circled the entire planet and then tried to absorb its own tail -- which surprisingly caused it to fade away.
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Posted 2 weeks ago

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Jupiter bright, and Saturn light just beyond the handle of Sagittarius asterism in lower left, and then onward to the center of the galaxy. Oh, and of course an intruding satellite which is almost an impossibility to avoid nowadays. ... See MoreSee Less

Don't forget there is a monthly meeting this coming Sunday evening, 7-9 p.m., at Wilmot Community Centre (off Water East behind the Needs convenience / Shell gas outlet. ... See MoreSee Less

Don't forget the BBQ / Perseid (weather permitting) evening at the Nangreaves' in Bedeque, on Sunday. John says anytime after three. ... See MoreSee Less

Posted 2 months ago

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Don't forget the dinner with Texas-based astronomy outreach enthusiasts, planned for Gentleman Jim's on Granville Street at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31.
Bring your friends, partners, or even the astronomy-enthralled homeless folk you meet on the way to dinner.
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Posted 2 months ago

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So, a bit of a shout-out from CBC weatherman Jay Scotland drew a few new observers to the weekly Baywalk public astronomy session last week... even if it did happen on a Thursday rather than the regular night. At least a few people got to add the International Space Station to their observation experiences!
Being a city location, viewing is limited, but the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and a few other objects do have their value.
Don't forget, members of Athena Community Astronomy Club set up by the kiosk at the Shipyard on Wednesday evenings after sunset, WHEN the sky is mainly clear and the wind is not too affecting.
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