How to see Jupiter's moons this month with your binoculars

Jupiter and its 4 moons will soon be visible with just binoculars

NASA has a message for space lovers this month: Look up.

It will remain visible to the naked eye all night. Despite its size, the massive gas giant is usually the second brightest planet in the sky, behind the much closer planet Venus. This means Jupiter is fairly close to Earth and you can spot it lurking in the sky all night long. Since Earth will be in the center, it is the best view of the planet.

Here's what's going on in the solar system the rest of the month.

Mark your calendars, as it will be the best time of year to see it. The planet rises at dusk and can be seen all night with the naked eye. This alignment occurs once a year, when Earth "laps" Jupiter in orbit. The days before and after June 10 are also suitable for observation. Eastern June 11). The distance between Earth and Jupiter at that moment will be about 398 million miles. Regardless, this distinction won't make too much of a difference for the purposes of casual viewing.

This striking view of Jupiter's Great Red Spot and turbulent southern hemisphere was captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft as it performed a close pass of the gas giant planet on February 12, 2019. With Jupiter at opposition, astronomy enthusiasts will even be able to watch its moons using standard telescopes or binoculars. If you have a slightly more powerful telescope, you may even be able to see the Great Red Spot, a colossal storm on Jupiter that now appears to be shrinking. "But it should be spectacular if you can manage it".

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