Well last night was really cool. I pulled out my crap telescope and pointed it at Jupiter, which is the brightest thing in the night sky besides the moon these days. It sits low in the East, you can’t miss it.
What I saw was remarkable — four moons and the stripes of the planet itself! Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto were all visible (little dots, but hey!). As I looked closer I realized that I could see 3 more small dots. So I guess I saw 7 moons in all. Awesomely cool!
By the way, Jup has a 10-hour day, meaning if you keep checking back, you should see the surface change. I was hoping to catch the big red storm. I’ll try again tonight and see if I get lucky.
I need a bigger telescope.