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Bye, Bye, Jupiter

May 31

2001 - Spacecraft Cassini completes its Jupiter Flyby and says farewell to Jupiter and journeys on to Saturn. Parting shots of Io eclipse describe auroral activity at in the Ionian atmosphere.

1865 - Birthday, Clarence Chant, considered the father of Canadian Astronomy. (d. November 18, 1956) His book "Our Wonderful Universe" has been translated into five languages. He participated in five solar eclipse expeditions including the one he led to Australia in 1922 to test Einstein's prediction of the deflection of light by a massive body. Asteroid (3315) Chant and a lunar crater are named in his honor.
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Io in eclipse displays glow. Clarence Chant
Clarence Chant
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