Anybody on here enjoy looking at the heavens? I'm the president of the Astronomy Club here on campus, and I love looking for planets and stuff. We just got a brand new 8 inch dobsonian for our club. It gets a pretty crisp view of the moon. Good for checking out craters and what not. Our adviser says we should be able to see ice caps on Mars when it becomes visible at a decent hour. I was just walking home from the library after finishing a paper around 4 am and noticed a really bright star... so I got out the telescope and found out it was actually Jupiter! I could even make out four of its moons, which, according to my starry night software, were Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, and Io. Also, on the actual planet, I could see two of the distinct red lines (they just showed up in an off white) that go around it. I don't know what those are called, but I thought it was pretty neat. Also, did anyone notice the big circle around the moon? Has nothing to do with astronomy, but cool nonetheless. It is apparently a result of ice crystals forming in the atmosphere, or something along those lines. I didn't really read too in depth on it, but apparently it foreshadows bad weather. Anyways, just thought I'd post this thread to see if anyone shared my interest for looking at stars and planets. If there is anyone, we can use this thread as a way to talk about what is visible and when.