Jupiter Will Be So Close You Can See Its Moons

Rodiano Bonacci
Июня 9, 2019

According to NASA, it's when the Sun, Earth and Jupiter align in a straight line with Earth sitting in the middle.

"Although opposition takes place on a specific date, the entire month or so around opposition is an equally good time to observe the planet", NASA notes.

Casual sky-watchers interested in getting a nice look at Jupiter have pretty simple advice to follow this month: Go outside at night and look up.

The best viewing conditions for spotting Jupiter on Monday night are forecast to be across the midwestern and west-central United States, where largely cloud-free conditions greet stargazers. Disruptive clouds are also in the forecast for much of the central United States and Canada.

June 10th, Jupiter will be at it's biggest and brightest in our sky.

It's an event called "opposition". "In fact, there are plenty of telescopes out there that are cheaper than a pair of binoculars", Samuhel said.

Jupiter, the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System, is going to make its closest approach to Earth in 2019 on Monday.

On a good night, you will be able to see the planet with the naked eye, however if you get your bins out, you should be able to see its four biggest moons (it has 79 in total). Sometimes, not all four are visible at the same time as one or more of the moons may be passing behind Jupiter. The most interesting, perhaps, is planet Jupiter coming so close to Earth that one can easily see its moons even just with the use of binoculars.

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