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Ancient and medieval man associated the planets with gods. They couldn't see planetary detail with the naked eye, but could track their motion among the stars. In 1989, one of Jupiter's distinctive bands faded away. Note the rotation of Jupiter's giant red spot in the two images taken 15 mintues apart.
Jupiter & 4 largest moons; 25 Sep 87
Saturnian Occultation of a Naked Eye Star
Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction; 22 December 2020