The NASA Juno Mission and Clyde’s Spot

  • Duration: 60
  • Language: English
  • Ages: All Ages
  • Date: October 20, 2020 16:00
  • Recorded: Live session with recording available afterwards
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Join us for a discussion with retired chemical engineer and amateur astronomer Clyde Foster as he takes on the  journey of his  discovery of a new storm system on Jupiter in May of this year. The system, now unofficially named Clyde’s Spot, has attracted significant media attention having been imaged by the Juno spacecraft 2 days after Foster’s discovery.

Clyde talks about his passion for astronomy, the valuable contribution that amateur astronomers are making in support of active spacecraft missions and explains what it it takes to get your name on another planet.




Clyde Foster’s passion for Astronomy was reignited in 2014 when he purchased a Celestron 14’ Edge HD SCT telescope and started planetary imaging. He quickly discovered the contribution that amateurs can make in this field and has since been invited to a number of international professional Planetary Science conferences and workshops where he has presented his work. He has presented at a number of local venues across South Africa and has been recognised by the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA) with various certificates and awards.
At the end of May this year, his detection of a rare storm system on Jupiter, only days before it was imaged by the NASA Juno spacecraft, was recognised in a NASA press release ( sparking widespread media interest. He has been invited to a number of TV and radio news interviews and appeared in a recent Carte Blanche programme on the Mars 2020 mission (