Jupiter reaches opposition
The king of the Solar System will be at its closest approach to Earth and fully illuminated by the Sun, reaching a magnitude of -2.6 in Ophiuchus, making this the best opportunity to set your sights on it. Jupiter will be clearly visible to the naked eye as an orange-tinted star, reaching its highest point above the horizon at 1:01am BST. A good pair of binoculars will reveal Jupiter’s four largest moons, looking like smaller stars within the planet’s vicinity and creating a wonderful target for astrophotography. A mediumsized telescope should reveal some contrast in the swirling cloud bands.
Jupiter and its Galilean moons will bewell placed for observation