Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Jupiter will at its brightest in 2019 tomorrow night

Jupiter will at its brightest in 2019 tomorrow night

Jupiter and four of its moons - Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto - will all be clearly visible through binoculars. The apparent magnitude or brightness factor of Jupiter during June and July is -2.6. With its 79 moons, Jupiter is kind of like a mini solar system and it takes the planet approximately 12 earth years to orbit the sun. This will provide abet to be conscious of the set up every moons will also be stumbled on when it comes to the planet. "Look closely as they will appear as 4 tiny dots close to the planet", says Wenckstern.

"My advice to people would be to go out and have a look because it's a attractive sight and it's really quite a thing to realize that when you are looking at the moons with a pair of binoculars - when you see them moving from one night to the next - it's worth reflecting on the fact that it was that discovery that cemented our view of the solar system as having the sun at the center", Massey said.

Those with binoculars would be able to see the shape of the planet and its four brightest moons - those discovered by Galileo, he noted - while a telescope would afford more detail.

"Every 13 months or so, the Sun, the Earth and Jupiter line up in the solar system", says Dr. Michael Cushing, director of UT's Ritter Planetarium. At its closest, Jupiter will come within 398 million miles of Earth.


To offer abet to know what you're having a study, you might maybe well search the advice of with the astronomy magazine Sky and Telescope's interactive webpage on the moons of Jupiter. Jupiter's biggest moons can usually be seen year round with a pair of binoculars, but during opposition they are brighter and easier to see.

If you've been outside a few hours after sunset the past few nights, you may have noticed a very bright object in the southeastern sky.

As is always the case when looking for something in the night sky, avoid exposing your eyes to any light, such as your cellphone. It's helpful if you're in an area with low light pollution. Its iconic Great Red Spot is a massive storm that has been going on for hundreds of years, and is even bigger than the Earth.

On June 10, Jupiter, the fifth planet from the Sun, will be nearest to Earth and could be the brightest celestial object on that day. Opposition will occur at 6 p.m. (EST), but Jupiter will be at its peak (and best for viewing) around 11:30 this evening.

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