Watch Jupiter And The Moon As They Huddle Close Together On Tuesday Evening

Posted: Feb 23 2016, 3:30pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Full moon
Photo credit: Fernando Roquel Torres, Sociedad de Astronomía del Caribe

If you have always wanted to see two planetary bodies close together, then Tuesday evening might be the time to see Jupiter and the full moon huddle close together for all to see in the eastern sky around 7:15 pm local time - reports.

Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and will be in full view at the constellation Leo and by 9:30 pm, it will be viewable as a bright, shining star for anyone with a good telescope to see.

During Tuesday evening of February 23, Jupiter will be located 2 degrees to the upper left of the moon. Considering how bright the moon will become at this particular period, its brightness will overwhelm stars so close to it, but not Jupiter; meaning that Jupiter will be very obvious and prominent as it stays close to the moon.

And mind you, if you are not able to fully catch a glimpse of the paired Jupiter and moon, then perhaps you’d be able to see them close together on March 21 when Jupiter will be bright at 2 degrees to the upper left of the moon. It will head out to set in the west after sunrise but not before it can be seen at its highest around 1 am local time in the south.

It must be also understood that on March 8, Jupiter will rise at the opposite side of the sun after which it rise higher in the evening sky for several more weeks.

Besides the sun and moon which remain consistent in our solar system, the next object of interest is Jupiter because of its brightness. Watchers with excellent binoculars will see the obvious cloud belts on Jupiter’s surface and also observe its four bright satellites visible as stars revolving round the planet.

When Jupiter gets very close to the moon on Tuesday evening, three of its satellites – Callisto, Ganymede, and lo will be see at one side of the planet while Europa, the fourth will be at the other side of the planet.

And by 8-9 pm EST, viewers will be able to see Ganymede move closer to lo, a phenomenal sight to see as the two stars shift positions in response to the other within an hour.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
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