Southern Utah Space Foundation to host Jupiter Party

Jupiter mapped in 4k Ultra HD via the Hubble Telescope | Photo courtesy of NASA , St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Join the Southern Utah Space Foundation on Saturday at the Three Peaks Recreational Area to catch a great view of Jupiter through the Space Foundation’s large telescope. Participants will also be able to see Jupiter’s four largest moons: Io, Callisto, Ganymede and Europa.

About Jupiter

The four moons of Jupiter | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah Space Foundation, St. George News
The four moons of Jupiter | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah Space Foundation, St. George News

Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar System, and also has the most moons (67 to date) though not all of them are visible through a ground telescope. The four largest moons however, are easily visible and fascinating on their own.

Europa is covered in ice, and it is hypothesized to have a liquid ocean beneath its icy surface. Io is completely volcanic and is the most geologically active body in the solar system, Callisto is the most cratered object in the solar system, and Ganymede is larger than the planet Mercury.

About the Event

This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to attend. Donations are always welcomed, and deeply appreciated, to help the Space Foundation buy better equipment for the community to use.

It is recommended to arrive at 8:00 p.m., be dressed for cold conditions and and bring a blanket or chair for additional warmth and comfort. The Space Foundation will provide a fire away from the viewing site, plus marshmallows and another telescope to view other objects in the night sky.

Directions to Three Peaks from Cedar City can be found here.

Disclaimer: Space Foundation members will remain at the viewing site until everyone leaves the event. However, in the event of inclement weather, members will be there at the start time but if the event is rained or snowed out and no one arrives, will only wait one hour from the start time before canceling the event.

Event details

  • What: “Jupiter Party” hosted by Southern Utah Space Foundation
  • When: Saturday, April 16, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Three Peaks Recreational Area
  • Admission is free, though donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated.

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