Jupiter's moons will be visible from Earth this month

Jupiter's moons will be visible from Earth this month

And this June, amateur astronomers will get an extra special show thanks to some unbelievable planetary action going on millions of miles away.

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

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.

Jupiter will be its "biggest and brightest" during the month of June, and the planet will rise at dusk and remain visible all night with the naked eye, say NASA officials.

NASA says with a pair of binoculars stargazers can see the planets four largest moons.

Why does Jupiter look so big this month?

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"You've got Jupiter orbiting the sun, you've got the Earth orbiting the sun, and every year we catch up with Jupiter's position". If you have a small telescope, you'll be able to see Jupiter's cloudy bands. "You'll need a good clear southern horizon to see it".

An enhanced-colour image created by citizen scientist Jason Major using a raw image data from the JunoCam imager on NASA's Juno spacecraft of Jupiter.

Mars and Mercury will also appear extra close to each other just after sunset this month.

The best time to view the planet, which has 79 moons in total, will be the night of 10 June.

Finally, the moon will also have something special to show this month. From June 14 to 19, amateur astronomers can see a "beautiful lineup" of the moon, Jupiter and Saturn, which will change each night as the moon orbits Earth.

This view of Jupiter's Great Red Spot and turbulent southern hemisphere was captured by Juno as it performed a close pass of the gas giant planet, February 12, 2019.



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