Highland Road Park Observatory


Monday, 4 July from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Free admission. For all ages.
Drinks and refreshments. Binocular recommended.

Jupiter♃ is the largest of the planets in our Solar System—over 1000 Earths♁ could fit inside! Due to its enormous mass Jupiter♃ greatly influenced the formation and evolution of our entire Solar System…planets, comets☄, asteroids.

Juno arrives at Jupiter♃ on Independence Day, and in doing so will set the record for the most distant solar-powered NASA spacecraft. Juno’s titanium shield guards against the harsh Jovian radiation. Juno will orbit around Jupiter’s♃ poles every two weeks, coming at times no higher than 5000 kilometers above the beautiful and turbulent clouds.

When Juno gets to Jupiter♃ it will be traveling over 265,000 kilometers per hour relative to Earth♁, breaking another record—fastest-moving human-made object in history!

Come join us as we celebrate the beginning of yet another great American space science mission. We’ll watch live as NASA officials announce the confirmation of Juno’s orbit insertion!

8:15 pm to 9:15 pm = Twilight Viewing of Jupiter♃
9:30 pm to 11:00pm = Viewing of Mars♂ and Saturn♄

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, June 17, 2016, 09:31 AM.