• Jupiter's moons visible from Earth with binoculars when planet moves closer in June

    By: Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    Stargazers are in for a treat in June. 

    The largest planet in the solar system is at its biggest and brightest this month, rising in the night sky at dusk and remaining visible all night, according to NASA.

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    When Jupiter moves closest to Earth on June 10, the gas giant will be visible in the night sky with the naked eye, even in cities, and its four largest moons will be visible with just a pair of binoculars.

    With binoculars or a small telescope, NASA said astronomy buffs may even catch a glimpse of the banded clouds that encircle the planet.

    On June 10, Jupiter reaches opposition, the annual alignment of the planet, the Earth and the sun in a straight line, with Earth in the middle. It’s the best time of year to view the planet, the space agency said.

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    “Although opposition takes place on a specific date, the entire month or so around opposition is an equally good time to observe the planet and its four largest moons,” according to NASA.

     

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