Jupiter, its largest moons, will be visible with binoculars Monday night

Pablo Tucker
June 8, 2019

For a closer look at the planet, check out the images from NASA's Juno Mission, which launched in 2011 and has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016.

"The solar system's largest planet is a brilliant jewel to the naked eye". It was Jupiter. The massive gas giant planet is showing off for us Earthlings this month.

Jupiter is making its closest approach to earth this month.

Here's what's going on in the solar system the rest of the month.

When is the best time to see Jupiter?

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". According to Earthsky, Jupiter and Earth will be in opposition - which is the point when both planets are aligned with the sun - on June 10.

"This happens every year when the Earth catches up with Jupiter in our orbit around the sun".

But Jupiter isn't the only planet taking the stage in the June night sky.

NASA has been studying Jupiter closely for three years with the Juno (Junona) spacecraft. Regardless, this distinction won't make too much of a difference for the purposes of casual viewing. This means Jupiter is fairly close to Earth and you can spot it lurking in the sky all night long.

Look to the night skies this month and you might just see something incredible - and you may only need a pair of binoculars to do it!

As a backup, and an even more detailed view, NASA's Juno spacecraft satellite is now orbiting Jupiter, and has captured some spectacular footage, which you can check out below.

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