Jupiter Will Be Extra Visible in the Night Sky Tonight

Jupiter is near its closest distance to the Earth on June 10, 2019, making the solar system’s largest planet observable with the naked eye. Also tonight, the gas giant will be directly opposite the sun, giving it an extra glow that, along with it’s closer relative position to Earth, will prove a unique spectacle to observe. This heightened visibility will give stargazers the opportunity to spot Jupiter’s four largest moons and maybe—with a pair of binoculars or a small telescope—a glimpse of the banded clouds that surround the planet.

In Minneapolis, Jupiter will become visible over the southeast horizon at 9:43 p.m. It should be at its highest point in the sky at 1:13 a.m. on the morning of June 11 and then will descend back below the horizon a little after 4:30 a.m. Check out a map like DarkSiteFinder or the Light Pollution Map to find a good spot for viewing.

The video below, from NASA, outlines some tips for catching Jupiter at its most visible as well as some other sky-watching events to look out for throughout the month of June. Check it out, and don’t forget to keep looking up!

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