22:00 BST on 09 May
If Venus wasn’t shining so brightly over in the west, this month’s evening sky would belong to Jupiter. Shining at magnitude -2.5 the largest world in our Solar System is brighter than any of the stars in the sky, only outshone by Venus and the Moon. At the start of the month it will be rising around 10pm, and by month’s end will be visible low in the east from sunset. On 9 May Jupiter reaches opposition, when it will be a very striking sight in the east after dark. Look for the Moon shining to the planet’s upper right after dark on 29 April, and to its lower left on the evening of the 30th. Binoculars will show you the four largest of its family of 69 moons.