Jupiter reaches op­po­si­tion

All About Space - - 2019 Space Events -

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

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