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Jupiter Is so Big and Bright This Month, You Can View Its Moons With Binoculars

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by Eben Diskin Jun 6, 2019

Stargazers are in luck this month. Jupiter will appear larger and brighter during June than it does all year, and the best part is — you don’t have to mark a specific time to go see it. Jupiter will be visible at all times of the night. You won’t even need a telescope to see it, as it will be visible to the naked eye, even in most cities with light pollution.

If you do own a pair of binoculars, however, you may want to bring them along. Not only can you see the solar system’s largest planet, but with some assistance from magnifying technology, you can even glimpse its four largest moons, or even the banded clouds that encircle the planet.

Jupiter will be visible all month, but the best time to see it is Monday, June 10. That’s when Jupiter, Earth, and the sun will be arranged in a perfectly straight line, with Earth in the center, giving us the closest and most direct view of the planet.

Seeing Jupiter might be relatively effortless, but you’ll still want to give your eyes some time to adjust to the darkness, and as always, for the best viewing experience, find a remote area with little light.

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