Tonight might be the best night of the year to see Jupiter

James Marshall
Июня 10, 2019

If you look up at the night sky tonight (June 10) you should be able to see the planet Jupiter.

The planet has 53 named moons but scientists think the real number is 79. (It's closer to 9 Toronto and eastward.) But waiting until Jupiter rises higher in the sky will help with visibility, since looking at anything along the horizon makes the image shaky and blurry.

And if you want an extra treat, grab a pair of binoculars and you'll catch four of Jupiter's brightest moons: Io, Ganymede, Europa and Callisto.

If you want a closer look at the planet, NASA's Juno spacecraft is now orbiting Jupiter and sending back some fantastic images, the agency said. Although the precise moment of opposition will take place at 6 p.m.

According to a CNN report, Dr Robert Massey, Deputy Executive Director, Royal Astronomical Society, Britain, came out with a guide for novice sky gazers on how to spot the planet more easily.

Jupiter will be at its biggest and brightest in our sky this week, giving those on Earth our best chance of the year to see the gas giant and four of its moons. Take a look up the sky tonight and see if you can get to know them better. Waiting will also provide you with a darker sky. After roughly 30 minutes to an hour, your eyes become fully dark-adapted, allowing you to make out faint objects in low light. But NASA has earmarked the whole month as offering optimum views.

While all four moons are often visible, one might sometimes either be in front or behind Jupiter. (Considering the fact that widespread clouds and rain are currently poised to obscure stargazing opportunities across the eastern United States, you may actually enjoy a better view on a later, clearer night.) And even if you miss this year's Jupiter opposition, you'll have another opportunity 13 months from now in July 2020. Look closely, the space agency advises, and you will see that the moon doesn't trace the same path followed by Earth and other planets orbiting the sun.

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