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Desert Sky Gazers present lecture on “Jupiter” at Discovery Park Campus

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[Click Image to Enlarge] The Desert Sky Gazers amateur astronomy club will present a free slide show and lecture about “Jupiter” at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus. Voyager 1 took this photo of Jupiter and two of its satellites, Io on the left and Europa on the right. Io is about (217,000 mi) above Jupiter's Great Red Spot; Europa is about (372,000 mi) above Jupiter's clouds. Although both satellites have about the same brightness, Io’s color is different from Europa’s. Io

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—The Desert Sky Gazers amateur astronomy club, in partnership with Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus, will present a free slide show and lecture about the planet “Jupiter” on Saturday, October 25, 2008, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Jupiter Room at Discovery Park Campus.

This family friendly program will be presented by Bob Hiatt, vice president of The Desert Skygazers. “Jupiter is a fascinating planet—it is 1300 times larger than Earth, would have been a second sun if it were 70 times larger, and sports a hurricane three times the size of Earth that has lasted for over 400 years!”

Hiatt invites everyone to join The Desert Sky Gazers for this event, saying “Bring the young people along, and let’s get them interested in viewing the heavens.” In addition, provided that the skies are clear, he will invite the participants to view Jupiter and its moons through a telescope.

For more information about this lecture or EAC’s Discovery Park Campus, contact Harry Swanson, dean of Discovery Park Campus, at (928) 428-6260.