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Jupiter and its largest moons will be visible with binoculars this month

Jupiter and its largest moons will be visible with binoculars this month Jupiter and its largest moons will be visible with binoculars this month
Kristine Garrett | 08 June, 2019, 13:40

The days before and after June 10 are also suitable for observation. With Jupiter at opposition, astronomy enthusiasts will even be able to watch its moons using standard telescopes or binoculars.

The biggest planet in the solar system will be so close to Earth this month that its largest moons will be visible with binoculars, according to NASA. "It's the best time of the year to see Jupiter, as the planet is visible in the sky all night, and it's around the time when Jupiter is closest to Earth".

So for those who want a closer look at Jupiter, June is the flawless month to do it.

"Jupiter is at its biggest and brightest this month, rising at dusk and remaining visible all night".

Another skywatching opportunity is happening this month. Amateur astronomers may want to see Jupiter when it reaches opposition, which means the planet is in line with (or opposite to) Earth and the sun. Those who are watching from the Southern Hemisphere will get a much clearer view.

Here is why Jupiter is so bright this month, and when and where the best place is to see it. Scientists believe the planet has a combined 79 moons - 53 named and 26 awaiting official names.

"My advice to people would be to go out and have a look because it's a handsome sight and it's really quite a thing to realise that when you are looking at the moons with a pair of binoculars it's worth reflecting on the fact that it was that discovery that cemented our view of the solar system as having the sun at the centre", Massey concluded.

Aside from the Sun, Jupiter is the largest celestial body in our solar system.

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