Perfectly aligned with the Earth and the Sun, Jupiter will be visible to the naked eye in the night of June 10th to 11th and its moons will be revealed if you use a pair of binoculars.
After Venus, it is the brightest planet in the solar system. Jupiter is unveiled to the delight of our eyes, throughout the month of June 2019. Our neighbour will be perfectly aligned with the Earth and the Sun, as announced by NASA on Twitter. It will reflect more the sunlight and appear even bigger and brighter.
What’s Up for June? 🔭 Jupiter is up all night, while Mercury and Mars decide to get close, and the Moon reveals its tilted orbit. Downloadable video and transcript available at https://t.co/tPYUwcimlm pic.twitter.com/lPw2pIEyZ0
— NASA Solar System (@NASASolarSystem) 3 June 2019
Moons to watch with binoculars
For Tristan Guillot, research director at CNRS and astronomer at the Observatory of the Côte d’Azur, Jupiter will be visible all night from 10 to 11 June to the naked eye in the sky.
“If you take a pair of binoculars, you will see as a disk and even four points that correspond to the moons of Jupiter: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto,” says a researcher. Moreover, you will see these four satellites change position during the night.
For astronomy enthusiasts equipped with a relatively powerful telescope, “a resurgence of activity is expected at the level of the equator and the big red spot, which could eventually disappear,” says Tristan Guillot.
The Juno mission, in orbit around Jupiter
Launched in 2011 and in orbit since 2016 around Jupiter, NASA’s Juno probe collects data to find out more about the planet: internal layers, the composition of its atmosphere and characteristics of its field magnetic. It must last until 2021.
Many images, some spectacular, were taken and unveiled by the American space agency. They are to discover here .
Applications to spot Jupiter
To locate Jupiter, several applications allow you to locate planets and stars in the sky and pointing your smartphone over your head:
- Map of the sky ( Googleplay and Applestore )
- Star Walk ( Googleplay and Applestore )
- SkySafari ( Googleplay and Applestore )