Jupiter and FOUR of its moons will shine in the night sky

Katie Ramirez
June 12, 2019

But that bright dot happens to be the largest planet in our solar system.

This places Jupiter directly opposite the sun, situated a mere 400,000,000 miles (641,000,000km) from Earth - and means Jupiter will be at its brightest over the next two nights.

NASA added, the days between June 14 and 19, will be the best time for sky gazers to catch the most lovely celestial line-up of the Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn.

For space lovers around the world, the month of June is set to be stellar: Jupiter will be clearly visible, and those wanting to catch a glimpse of its moons will only need a pair of binoculars.

With binoculars or a telescope you may also be able to see Jupiter's Great Red Spot. Take a look up the sky tonight and see if you can get to know them better.

Though the gas giant starts to rise at dusk, it will likely be at its most visible around 11.30 p.m. for observers looking low in the southeast sky.

"Unlike stars, it won't twinkle", he told CNN. Even when it is low down, it will look pretty steady, and that will make it stand out.

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The planet rises in the east at sunset, climbs high through the sky throughout the night, and goes down in the west in the morning.

As for the next truly notable astronomical event in Toledo, you'll only have to wait until April 2024 for the Glass City - and much of OH - to experience near-total darkness during that solar eclipse.

Don't worry if the weather is too cloudy or rainy to skywatch on Monday. The largest planet in our solar system, which is comprised mostly of gas, will be visible to Earthlings all of this month.

It will be easy to locate Jupiter; it is the very brightest star in the night sky from a distance.

Between June 14 and 19, Jupiter will be at the center of another celestial event.

Then on Wednesday, Jupiter will actually be at its closest point to Earth this year - at just 640,862,318 kilometres. During this period, the moon will form a slightly shifting lineup with Jupiter and Saturn, changing in tandem with its orbit around Earth. Instead, the moon's orbit is slightly tilted, making the astronomical body align with the sun and Earth-creating conditions for a lunar or solar eclipse-just a few times a year rather than on a regular basis.

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