Friday 6 August 2021

Will Hay, the White Spot on Saturn and a Cooke


August 3rd 1933 Will Hay discovers White Spot on Saturn

Although best known as a comedy actor of British films in the 1930s Will Hay was also a very competent amateur astronomer who used a Thomas Cooke of York 6 in telescope from his home in London.

On August 3rd 1933 he discovered a white spot on the planet Saturn, this was the first white spot seen on the ringed planet since 1903 the next would not be until 1960. The white spots on Saturn are storms similar to the red spot on Jupiter.

The difference being that the red spot on Jupiter has been since constantly for several hundred years, the white spots on Saturn only appear occasionally

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