Published: Sat, June 08, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Just Binoculars Needed to See Jupiter's Largest Moons

Just Binoculars Needed to See Jupiter's Largest Moons

Experts say on June 10, Jupiter, Earth and the sun will be arranged in a straight line with Earth in the middle, making Jupiter visible in the sky all night.

For a closer look at the planet, check out the images from NASA's Juno Mission, which launched in 2011 and has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016.

Space lovers will be able to see Jupiter most clearly this coming Monday, when it reaches opposition.

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun, the fastest-spinning planet and the biggest in the Solar System.

"The solar system's largest planet is a brilliant jewel to the naked eye but looks fantastic through binoculars or a small telescope, which will allow you to spot the four largest moons", Nasa posted on its website.


Jupiter is making its closest approach to earth this month. The distance between the Earth and Jupiter varies widely throughout the year, due to the distance and speed at which the planets orbit the sun.

Mark your calendars, as it will be the best time of year to see it.

Jupiter stands out in this marble-like portrait from NASA, processed by Kevin Gill.

A rare spacey sight in the night sky is coming up later this month, and all you need is a pair of binoculars.

A pair of decent binoculars should give you a great look at the gas giant, but if you happen to have a hobby telescope handy you'll get an even better look at the massive world. At this point, the two planets will be separated by a mere 398 million miles. "But it should be spectacular if you can manage it".

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