See Jupiter And Its Moons This Week While It’s Closest To Earth

Jupiter and its four largest moons

On Monday night, Jupiter will attain opposition, which manner this may per chance be at once reverse the sun and roughly 640,962,549 kilometres from Earth.

NASA has said that Jupiter "is at its biggest and brightest this month", and can be observed in detail with only a minimum of equipment.

Although this arguably does not sound like some people's concept of close, the Earth's average distance to this gargantuan planet is 488,000,000 miles.

Visual magnitude is a measure of the brightness of a celestial object.

And whenever it's good to have an additional take care of, engage a pair of binoculars and you will desire four of Jupiter's brightest moons: Io, Ganymede, Europa and Callisto.

Even simple viewing tools like binoculars will suffice as Jupiter will be at its closest proximity to Earth during this event.


From Mysuru, Jupiter will be perceptible between 19:46 to 05:29 or evening 7:46 pm to morning 5:29 am.

However waiting until Jupiter rises higher in the sky will help with visibility, as viewing anything along the horizon makes the image shaky and blurry.

Jupiter will also be visibly floating just to the left of red star, Antares. It's Jupiter! Jupiter reached opposition Monday night, but don't worry if you didn't catch it. "Though the planet will be closest to Earth, it will still be at least 450 million km away", said Narottam Sahoo, advisor, Gujarat Council of Science and Technology. The Great Red Spot maintains its orange-red hue in recent years, a colour shared by the sulphur-encrusted, volcanic satellite of Jupiter Io, the only of the bright satellite of Jupiter to show a distinctive colour.

Its four largest moons, will be particularly clear and bright in the sky tonight. Look towards the southeast sky.

Slightly below Jupiter in the same direction, Saturn can be seen as white dot. This stage will be the closest to the Earth by the year 2100. So Jupiter is also known as the Age Star. Jupiter's opposition happens once every 13 months.

Absolutely no telescope is required to enjoy the pulchritude of Jupiter. It will rise from the east side. Other Sky Events In June If seeing Jupiter gets one excited about sky watching, there are also other events that people can get excited for this month.

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