While you are watching for Geminid meteors over the next few nights, take a look at the bright “star” shining in the northeast–which is the planet Jupiter. The largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter reached opposition, the point when it is closest to Earth, on December 3rd, and will remain in good position for evening viewing for the next few months. Jupiter is easy to spot with the naked eye, but also rewards binocular or telescope viewing and is a great target for astronomy beginners. A pair of binoculars will show the planet’s four largest moons, and even a small telescope can show hints of Jupiter’s cloud belts. Take advantage of Jupiter’s current conventient timing and placing and take a look!
Jupiter At Prime Viewing
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