Jupiter will make its closest approach to Earth next week

Check out the bright gas giant and its moons as the planet nears opposition.


Jupiter, the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System- is at its biggest and brightest this month. Next week, it will make its closest approach to Earth and will be visible without a telescope.

According to reports, Jupiter will reach opposition on Monday, June 10 in an annual event that marks the time when Earth is directly between the gas giant and the sun. This means Jupiter is fairly close to Earth and you can spot it lurking in the sky all night long. This entire month offers up great viewing opportunities.

Even if the planet will be a nice jewel to the naked eye, but it can be more fantastic through binoculars or a small telescope, which will allow you to spot the four largest moons, and maybe even glimpse a hint of the banded clouds that encircle the planet.

While Jupiter is in a prime position right now, skygazers are often able to see its biggest moons with binoculars at other times of the year, too. It’s helpful if you’re in an area with low light pollution.

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