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Jupiter's Opposition: The Planet Will Be At its Brightest On Tuesday Night

    Abdulaziz Sobh
    By Abdulaziz Sobh

    Categories: Science

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    This week will bring the best opportunity for the whole year to see Jupiter in heaven, as it will shine throughout the night as it reaches opposition. On the night of Tuesday, May 8, on the morning of Wednesday, May 9, Jupiter will be in opposition. This means that Jupiter will be on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun. When a planet like Jupiter is in opposition, it is close to the point in its orbit where it is closest to Earth, which makes it look brighter than it does at any other time in its orbit. It also means that Jupiter will be visible throughout the night, rising in the east at sunset and turning west at dawn. You do not need a telescope to see Jupiter, as it is one of the brightest natural objects in the night sky, standing out among the sea of innumerable stars. However, those with a telescope or a good pair of binoculars will be able to see what is known as the Galileo Moons. The Moon of Galileo is the four largest moons of Jupiter and was first discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610. Depending on the night, IO, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto can be visible. In addition to seeing the four moons, a larger telescope will reveal bands of colorful clouds in Jupiter's atmosphere. Stargazers in the western interior of the United States have the best chance for cloud-free conditions on Tuesday night to see Jupiter. Some clouds may interfere with afternoon spectators in the eastern United States. UU., But the clouds that are at night should disappear gradually as the night progresses. Meanwhile, a storm that crosses the Plains will spread clouds, rains, and storms across much of the US. UU Centrals If the clouds obscure Jupiter on Tuesday night, observers will have many more opportunities to see the planet in the coming weeks, since Jupiter will remain on the night before summer. However, the brightness of the planet will slowly diminish as Earth and Jupiter move farther and farther away from each other. In addition, Jupiter will get earlier and earlier each night in the next few months before it disappears from the night sky in August when it passes behind the sun. The planetary opposition this week is the first of three that will occur in the coming months. On June 27, Saturn will arrive at the opposition. Although the planet is almost twice as far from the Earth as Jupiter, it is still visible to the naked eye. Those who have access to a good telescope should plan to look through the eyepiece in the days surrounding Saturn's opposition, as it will reveal the planet's impressive rings. A month after Saturn arrives at the opposition, Mars will gain the attention of stargazers when it comes to opposition. By the time it reaches opposition, Mars will also make its closest approach to Earth since 2003. This close approach will make this year a particularly good time to see our neighbor planet, as it will appear brighter than it has in more than a decade.