Published: Sat, June 08, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Jupiter At Opposition In June Will Allow You To See Its Moons

Jupiter At Opposition In June Will Allow You To See Its Moons

But it will be visible all month long, rising at dusk and staying in sight throughout the night.

Want to catch a look at Jupiter's famous Red Spot? The planet has a turbulent atmosphere, surrounded by cloud belts and whirlwinds.

But according to NASA, June 10 is the absolute best night to see our solar system's largest planet because it will reach opposition, an annual occurrence when Jupiter, Earth and the Sun are arranged in a straight line with Earth in the middle.

So grab some blankets, a pair of binoculars or a telescope and gaze into the darkness this month for some out of this world views! Those who are watching from the Southern Hemisphere will get a much clearer view.

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Advice: Robert Massey, the deputy executive director at Britain's Royal Astronomical Society, told CNN about the best ways to see Jupiter. Our planet is close enough so that people can see Jupiter as a bright light in the sky with the naked eye.

"Unlike stars, it won't twinkle, even when it's low down, it will look pretty steady, and that will make it stand out".

Jupiter is a gas giant and the largest planet in our solar system. You can also see its four moons! Scientists believe the planet has a combined 79 moons - 53 named and 26 awaiting official names.

"The general theme of our discoveries is really how different Jupiter looked from how we expected", said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator, from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, when the first images were revealed. What we're finding is anything but that.

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