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I predict that early on Thursday evening (Feb 19 in North America) the shadow of Jupiter’s Galilean satellite #1 Io will annularly eclipse #3 Ganymede. This will be occurring in the midst of a period in which the tilt of the satellites’ orbital planes allow for mutual Galilean satellite events to be viewed from Earth.
Okay, I lied. I really did mean to observe this, but I cannot bring myself to go outside.
I can't blame you, Paulie. I guess that also means you didn't spot the one-day-old Moon. As a consolation, there will be a similar event on Saturday evening when Europa's shadow annularly eclipses Io. Shortly before that, Europa will transit Io. I'll provide details tomorrow. And don't forget that a littler earlier that day, the Moon will occult Uranus.
Meanwhile, on Friday evening the Moon will form a tight grouping with Venus and Mars.
Last Edit: Feb 19, 2015 21:36:13 GMT -6 by Centaur
Post by Paulie pchris00 on Feb 20, 2015 17:45:44 GMT -6
I missed it all. I was starting to bundle up to go out, and then I suddenly had no desire to freeze. Sometimes the cold doesn't bother me, or at least won't stop me from going out, but last night I lost all enthusiasm as I was getting ready to go out. I guess sometimes even astronomy loses out to Netflix and a blanket.
"Just a boy, just an ordinary boy, but he was looking to the sky." -Vanessa Carlton