North Polar Region

and recording of data and its subsequent use by the professional community and other amateurs.

I strongly encourage you to use this standard system of notation. Not only will its use make you a better planetary astronomer, it can even add some anticipation and excitement to your endeavors. What features are you going to be able to record tonight? Will they be the same tomorrow night, or next week? I think you will find it fascinating to learn that some features are long-lived and some are not! You are going to learn so much about Jupiter, and you will be amazed at how easily you retain what you have learned when you observe in this fashion!

Table 2.4. Basic nomenclature for dark and bright features commonly seen on Jupiter (Credit: John W. McAnally)

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