Jupiter will shine over the next few days :: WRAL.com


It's a great week to see Jupiter.

The largest planet in our solar system will be the largest and brightest.


Jupiter will be opposed to the sun and Jupiter on both sides of the sun Monday night.

Tuesday, Jupiter will also be in Perigee, its closest approach to Earth (still within 400 million miles).

It will continue to shine big and bright throughout June.

Even during these weeks, Jupiter will appear as a bright spot in the sky, like a bright star.

It rises in the east at sunset, reaches its highest point in the sky after midnight and sets at sunrise.

A good pair of binoculars can reveal the four largest moons of Jupiter: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

Tonight, they line up (from left to right) Ganymede, Europa, Io and Callisto, with Jupiter in the middle.

On Sunday, the waiting line moves to Callisto, Ganymede, Io and Europa, to the left of Jupiter.

For up-to-date information, the @JupiterMoonPos account tweets the position of each moon every few hours.

A small telescope can also reveal the cloud bands of the planet.

Throughout the week, the moon will approach Jupiter each evening.

On Sunday, they will only have five degrees left, which will make the pair even easier to find.


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