Jupiter's moons will be visible from Earth this month

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 7, 2019

In June, the solar system's largest planet is as close as it gets to earth, offering both trained observers and novice star gazers a sightseeing treat.

Jupiter's "dramatic" features from NASA's Juno mission wow the internet and space enthusiasts.

Opposition is the best time of year to see Jupiter as it will be visible in the sky all night and is at its closest to our own planet. This is an annual occurrence that happens when Jupiter, Earth and the sun are arranged in a straight line.

"The solar system's largest planet is a brilliant jewel to the naked eye". The planet and even its moons will be visible without a telescope, and Jupiter will be close to Earth than at any other time for the rest of the year. Despite its size, the massive gas giant is usually the second brightest planet in the sky, behind the much closer planet Venus.

Space lovers will be able to see Jupiter most clearly this coming Monday, when it reaches opposition. It will be the brightest visible object in the sky aside from the moon. Regardless, this distinction won't make too much of a difference for the purposes of casual viewing.

NASA says that people who live in the the southern hemisphere will have the best views of Jupiter, though, just about anybody should be able to spot the planet in June. It's helpful if you're in an area with low light pollution.

Lucky viewers might also "glimpse a hint of the banded clouds" that surround the planet, NASA said.

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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