Tonight is going to be pretty epic if you have the chance to watch the sky because You Can See Jupiter’s Moons Tonight if you have a pair of binoculars and know what to look for.
According to NASA, Jupiter is at its closest to Earth during June, “rising at dusk and remaining visible all night.”
Today, June 10 is when Jupiter reaches opposition, which means Jupiter, Earth and the Sun are arranged in a straight line, making it the best time to see the largest planet in our solar system.
NASA says Jupiter looks “fantastic” through binoculars or a small telescope, and you may even be able to spot the planet’s four largest moons.
So, get ready because once it’s dark outside, you may be able to see something quite incredible!
Also, in case you are really interested in sharing some Jupiter fun facts with the family tonight, according to NASA here are some facts:
Jupiter Fun Facts
- Namesake: King of the Roman gods.
- Date of Discovery: Known to the ancients.
- Orbit: Approximately 484 million miles from the sun (five times as far from the Sun as the Earth is).
- Day: Approximately 10 Earth hours.
- Year: Approximately 12 Earth years.
- Average diameter: Approximately 88,846 miles.
- Surface gravity: Approximately 2.5 times Earth’s.