Jupiter 07:00 GMT on 02 Jan­uary

All About Space - - Stargazer -

Constellation: Scor­pius

Mag­ni­tude: -1.7


Jupiter will be so low in the eastern sky be­fore dawn at the start of the month that see­ing it will be ex­tremely dif­fi­cult, de­spite its bright mag­ni­tude. By mid­De­cem­ber the So­lar Sys­tem’s largest planet will be vis­i­ble low in the sky close to fainter Mer­cury. By 21 De­cem­ber the two worlds will be just a de­gree – two Moon widths – apart. By the New Year Jupiter will be higher in the sky in Ophi­uchus, much more ob­vi­ous to the naked eye. Look out for a lovely wan­ing cres­cent Moon shin­ing above Jupiter and to the lower left of Venus be­fore dawn on the morn­ing of 2 Jan­uary.

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