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Family Astronomy Night – VIRTUAL EVENT

January 11, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

Jupiter, taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope

Jupiter:  King of the Planets


Have you noticed that Jupiter is currently in a great spot for convenient viewing, high in the south shortly after dark?  Have you heard that Jupiter is by far the largest planet in our solar system—so much so that it has affected other bodies in our system, and continues to do so today?  Are you aware that, while Earth has sent nearly 40 orbiter/lander missions to Mars, Jupiter has received only two?  Or that there is a spacecraft currently orbiting Jupiter right now?  Do you know why studying Jupiter is fundamentally different than studying Mars or any of the nearer planets?  Join us by Zoom to learn more!

You may register now to  receive the Zoom login. You may register up to the presentation start time or even during the meeting to join us.


Time allowed for live Q & A throughout the event. ASL Interpretation featured during the event.

Join us virtually for a presentation focused on the planet Jupiter.  We will describe how studies of Jupiter have changed over the years, from visual and telescopic observations through photography, spacecraft, and modern imaging methods that have fundamentally changed our views of Jupiter (and everything else!).  We will also summarize the key learnings about Jupiter discovered in each era.  How does Jupiter appear to us in the sky?  How far away is it?  What is it made of?  Does it have moons or rings?  If so, how many?  What about the great red spot?  Are there any other surface features?  Is the surface different from the interior?  We will answer all of these questions, and more.  Just as important, we will also describe how astronomers (and robotic spacecraft) have discovered these things, telling the story of how our understanding of Jupiter came about.

And, as always, we’ll talk about what’s happening in the sky this month.  Have you seen brilliant Venus returning to the evening sky, joining not just Jupiter, but Saturn and Mars as well?  Did you know that Mercury will be making its best morning appearance of the year?  Are you able to find Orion, and do you know how to use it to locate half a dozen other constellations?  Are you ready for the Winter Hexagon in all its glory?  We will help you see all of these things yourself.

Image credit: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2020/hubble-captures-crisp-new-portrait-of-jupiters-storms

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Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services, and activities. Accommodation for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting 989 374-9903 or lightcla@msu.edu

Programming is made possible through the support of several local organizations: the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundationthe Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundationthe Charles J. Strosacker Foundation, and the Dow Chemical Company Foundation.


January 11, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
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MSU St. Andrews
(989) 374-9900


Online via Zoom