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Michiana to be treated to great view of Jupiter

Michiana to be treated to great view of Jupiter”

What is happening on Monday, June 10 is that Jupiter will reach opposition. This month Jupiter and its Moons can be seen from Earth.

It's an event called "opposition". If the planets are situated like that, the gas giant is close to our planet. This means Jupiter is pretty near Earth, and you can spot it lurking within the sky all night long.

Folks that miss the Jupiter opposition on Monday night can wait until a night later this month when the sky is clear as the planet will appear almost as bright throughout all of June. One of Jupiter's first surprises to the world of science was in 1610, when Galileo Galilei discovered its moons, the first ones to be discovered beyond the Earth. "In fact, there are plenty of telescopes out there that are cheaper than a pair of binoculars", Samuhel said.

While the planet famous for its brilliant stripes and swirls will be visible to the naked eye, binoculars or a small telescope only enhance its clarity. Sometimes, not all four are visible at the same time as one or more of the moons may be passing behind Jupiter. Monday night in particular, about midnight local time, should provide the clearest view, reports USA Today.

Jupiter is the fifth planet in line from the sun, and is the largest planet in the solar system.

While Jupiter is in a dominant position right now, stargazers are often able to see its greatest moons with binoculars at different occasions of the year, too. Saturn will also appear nearby in the sky, rising shortly after the Jupiter and moon.



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