Jupiter’s moons and a treasure hunt

Newsletter – September 2022

After a freakishly long dry – and hot! – spell, someone must have looked at the calendar, seen that it was autumn and finally decided to send some serious rain to Cantabria. This apparently endless summer had given us the time we needed to get agreement from the residents’ committee to budget for a proper repair to our leaking roof, but not for anyone to actually think about starting work. Hence the bucket in the hall and the steady drip, drip, drip throughout Monday 26 September.

That evening should also have been cloudy if not actually wet, but it stayed clear long enough for Jupiter to rise bright and god-like in the east as we drove back from our Lindy Hop dance class and for us to get up on to that oft-cursed flat roof and glimpse at least the moons of Ganymede and Callisto through our modest but previously under-rated telescope. (With my bird-watching binoculars we could just see Ganymede, over on the left.) It wasn’t quite the first moon landing, but it was an exciting moment – even better than getting lost less than usual in the dance class and only stepping on my wife’s feet a couple of times.

And that’s about it for this month, apart from the treasure hunt to find the new ‘freebie’ (still available here on the website!).

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