Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Jupiter's largest moon easy to view Monday night

Jupiter's largest moon easy to view Monday night

Monday is the night to catch some of Jupiter's moons, and it is possible to view it with nothing but binoculars. Apparent magnitude is the scale of brightness as referenced to Vega, with Vega being a magnitude of 0.

NASA reports that this glimpse of Jupiter's largest moons happens about once a year. Planets can be spotted because they don't twinkle like stars, they glow.

Jupiter will be in opposition tonight, which means that Earth will be directly in between the gas giant and the Sun in the formation of a straight line.

The great thing about going out to view Jupiter - if you have clear skies - is that it's easy to spot: it is the second-brightest planet in our night sky, following only Venus.

While all four moons are on the entire seen, one may perhaps perhaps well perhaps in most cases both be in entrance or in the support of Jupiter. The distance, a mere 398 million miles from our planet, will be at its closest pass to us for all of 2019. On January 10, 1610, Galileo Galilei discovered the first moons beyond Earth by observing three of Jupiter's moons through a homemade telescope. Resistance will happen at 6 p.m. (EST), yet Jupiter will be at its pinnacle (and best for review) around 11:30 tonight.

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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. (Or no longer it is nearer to 9 Toronto and eastward.) However waiting till Jupiter rises greater in the sky will encourage with visibility, since looking out at anything else alongside the horizon makes the image shaky and blurry.

As for the next truly notable astronomical event in Toledo, you'll only have to wait until April 2024 for the Glass City - and much of OH - to experience near-total darkness during that solar eclipse.

Though Jupiter will get high enough in the sky to be seen around Anchorage, the city is in the 28 day period where it doesn't really get dark. After roughly half-hour to an hour, your eyes change into fully sad-adapted, allowing you to form out faint objects in low light. If Earth were the size of a grape, than Jupiter would be the size of a basketball. It's also around the time when Jupiter is closest to Earth.

The next Jupiter opposition occurs on the night of July 14-15, 2020.

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