Jupiter's Largest Moons Will Be Visible This Month

James Marshall
Июня 7, 2019

Jupiter and its four largest moons will be visible with just a pair of binoculars this month.

Here is why Jupiter is so bright this month, and when and where the best place is to see it.

This will peak on the night of Monday, June 10, when, depending on where you are in the world, the planet will be clearly visible to the naked eye - with binoculars or a telescope greatly enhancing its clarity.

"This is a close-up and personal look at Jupiter".

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun and is more than twice as massive as all the other planets combined.

Jupiter should come closest to Earth near the middle of the month and, while it will still be very, very far way, we should be able to spot Jupiter and some of its larger moons with nothing more than a pair of binoculars as it enters its period of opposition on June 10th.

NASA has a message for space lovers this month: Look up. The planet will reach opposition, the annual occurrence when the Jupiter, Earth and the Sun are arranged in a straight line, with Earth in the centre.

"It's the best time of the year to see Jupiter, as the planet is visible in the sky all night, and it's around the time when Jupiter is closest to Earth", according to NASA. The spacecraft was launched so scientists could study Jupiter's composition and evolution, and is now orbiting the planet. This alignment occurs once a year, when Earth "laps" Jupiter in orbit. At this point, the two planets will be separated by a mere 398 million miles. "Even when it's low down, it will look pretty steady, and that will make it stand out". You could also get a glimpse some of the gas giant's zones and belts, which are the variegated bands of color encircling the planet. "You'll need a good clear southern horizon to see it".

As a backup, and an even more detailed view, NASA's Juno spacecraft satellite is now orbiting Jupiter, and has captured some spectacular footage, which you can check out below.

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