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Daily Astronomy Blurb: Jupiter's Magnetic Field from Juno

How similar is Jupiter's magnetic field to Earth's? NASA's robotic Juno spacecraft has found that Jupiter's magnetic field is surprisingly complex, so that the Jovian world does not have single magnetic poles like our Earth. A snapshot of Jupiter's magnetic field at one moment in time, as animated from Juno data, appears in the featured video. Red and blue colors depict cloud-top regions of strong positive (south) and negative (north) magnetic fields, respectively. Surrounding the planet are imagined magnetic field lines. The first sequence of the animated video starts off by showing what appears to be a relatively normal dipole field, but soon a magnetic region now known as the Great Blue Spot rotates into view, which is not directly aligned with Jupiter's rotation poles. Further, in the second sequence, the illustrative animation takes us over one of Jupiter's spin poles where red magnetic hotspots are revealed to be extended and sometimes even annular. A better understanding of Jupiter's magnetic field may give clues toward a better understanding of Earth's enigmatic planetary magnetism.
© apod.nasa.gov

ACAC News


ACAC February meeting upcoming this Sunday, 23rd, at the regular time, 7 - 9 p.m., at Wilmot Community Centre on Gillespie Avenue.
Pierre will be chairing the meeting, Michael will be dissecting the March Sky Calendar, John will provide the opportunity for revelation during Open Viewing, Pierre will outline the southern constellations Musca and Crux, John will be providing the Words list as well as denoting the differences between naked eye and camera observing, and there will be a few videos on a variety of topics to round out the schedule.
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AGM upcoming! Last chance to get your name listed for executive duty!
Also a reminder for Executive and Committee leads to prep their annual summaries.
E-mail Michael to indicate interest or respond to any questions (source address from one of the recent e-mails sent to club members).
AGM meeting is at standard 7-9 p.m. time period of last Sunday of the month. First hour or so will be devoted to AGM while the second hour will conduct regular club monthly activities.
Reminder to consider 2020 dues as well.
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Posted 2 months ago

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Annual year-end, or Christmas, party - take your pic - on Dec. 15.
Takes the place of the usual monthly meeting, but still 7-9 p.m. Family and/or friends welcome. Oh, bring appetite as well.
The club truncates the regular meeting to the first hour, often suitably themed, and socializes the second hour of the meet.
Of course, if you feed them they will come, so we have lined up sandwiches, a cheese ball and crackers, savoury hors d'ouvres, apple pie & ice cream with sides of instant whipped cream and oysters (no, not on the same plate), several desserts, breads/croissants, liquid refresh (sodas, hot choc, teas, coffees), and several other things not yet finalized (let Michael know ASAP, and please don't go overboard on quantity as that leaves the question of leftovers {or not if the item is reallly tasty}).
Pops, juices, tea, coffee will be supplied by the club, as well as plating, cutlery, drinking gourds, etc.
Please make Friday, Dec. 13, your lucky deadline for claiming a particular submission.
Thanks.
Oh, if there are any intents to contribute socialized activities for the second half, please let us know that as well. Rolly will be offering trivia, Ron and Michael are looking into fun songs and karaoke, there will be at least one challenge or game, but all else will be welcomed as time permits. Rewards for brilliance and enthusiasm will be forthcoming.
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Posted 3 months ago

Athena Community Astronomy Club

Annual year-end, or Christmas, party - take your pic - on Dec. 15.
Takes the place of the usual monthly meeting. Family and/or friends welcome.
The club truncates the regular meeting to the first hour, often suitably themed, and socializes the second hour of the meet.
Of course, if you feed them they will come, so please let Michael know what will be potluck offered (and don't go overboard on quantity as that leaves the question of leftovers {or not if the item is reallly tasty}).
Michael will advise of the options as they are relayed to him.
Pops, juices, tea, coffee will be supplied by the club, as well as plating, cutlery, drinking gourds, etc.
Please make Friday, Dec. 13, your lucky deadline for claiming a particular submission.
Thanks.
Oh, if there are any intents to contribute socialized activities for the second half, please let us know that as well. Rolly will probably do trivia, Michael is looking into fun songs, but all else will be welcomed as time permits.
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Posted 3 months ago

Athena Community Astronomy Club

You Betch'a: the 24th is the last Sunday of the Month!
Reminder of the ACAC monthly meeting at the Wilmot Community Centre, on Gillespie off of Water East, from 7-9 pm.
Your chance to learn about or review star classifications, the constellations Cancer and Canis Minor, and other cosmic revelations.
Don't forget, also, that the December meeting will be early, the 15th to be exact, when we will combine a year-end celebration with our regular meeting time slot (family / friends encouraged to attend and add to the festivities).
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