Jupiter's Largest Moons Will Be Visible This Month

Katie Ramirez
June 8, 2019

Jupiter reaches opposition on this date, which is a yearly occurrence when Jupiter, Earth and the Sun are arranged in a straight line, with Earth in the middle.

For space lovers around the world, Nasa has a message for you this month: Look up!

Jupiter is a gas giant and the largest planet in our solar system.

Jupiter will be easily visible to the naked eye all month long, with the most ideal conditions happening next week; with a pair of binoculars you will be able to get an even more spectacular view of the planet, as well as the four largest Jovian moons.

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Jupiter is making its closest approach to earth this month. The best part is that you don't need fancy equipment to get a detailed view. So, mark your calendars for Monday, as it will be the best time of the year to see it.

In a "skywatching tips" post for the month of June, NASA says Jupiter is "at its biggest and brightest this month, rising at dust and remaining visible all night". This alignment occurs once a year, when Earth "laps" Jupiter in orbit.

Jupiter stands out in this marble-like portrait from NASA, processed by Kevin Gill. Regardless, this distinction won't make too much of a difference for the purposes of casual viewing. Binoculars can help you see the planet's four biggest moons - there are 79 total moons, by the way - and even see some of the clouds surrounding the planet.

NASA recently released incredible images of Jupiter's iconic Great Red Spot and swirling storms captured by its Juno spacecraft during a close pass of the planet in February. "But it should be spectacular if you can manage it".

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