Monday, 24 June, 2019

You Might Be Able to Clearly See Jupiter From The Hudson Valley

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Sandy Nunez | 12 June, 2019, 08:21

Opposition means that as Earth whirls around the Sun once every 365 days, the outer planets revolve a lot slower.

When scoping out space for Jupiter, The Weather Network says "a simple pair of eyes and clear skies will do the trick", meaning binoculars and telescopes are needed only for the advanced gazers.

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.

Monday is the night to catch some of Jupiter's moons, and it is possible to view it with nothing but binoculars.

The gas giant, with its radius of more than 11,000 Earths, will be brighter and easier to spot in the night sky, compared to other times of the year. Although the precise moment of opposition will take place at 6 p.m.

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. Planets can be spotted because they don't twinkle like stars, they glow. "Even when it's low down, it will look pretty steady, and that will make it stand out". The planet rises at dusk and can be seen all night with the naked eye for the entire month.

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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.

If you don't have time to search the skies tonight, don't worry too much.

"As the sun sets to our west, look to the eastern horizon and watch Jupiter rise across the starry night sky in nearly an exact opposite timeline to the Sun", concludes The Weather Network.

Between June 14 and 19, Jupiter will be at the center of another celestial event.

Jupiter will be at its closest point to Earth this year on Wednesday, at only 398,000,000 miles (640,862,318km). Due to Jupiter's comparatively slower orbit around the Sun, Jupiter's opposition comes around once every 13 months.

Later Jovian observations included the planet's signature "Great Red Spot", a hydrogen/helium storm about 30% wider than Earth, yet it's been shrinking for the last few hundred years - and we're not quite sure why.