Jersey Skies: Saturn and Jupiter meet the moon

by Kevin D. Conod | For Jersey’s Finest

This picture of Jupiter was taken by the Hubble House Telescope in 2021. It reveals the planet’s turbulent environment.
Courtesy of NASA, ESA, A. Simon, M. Wong, and J. DePasquale

That shiny level of sunshine close to the moon final night time (Jan. 14) was Saturn. As talked about final week, we’ve had fairly a pleasant view of Saturn and Jupiter by means of the autumn, however now their look is beginning to wane.

Saturn will quickly disappear from view. Over the subsequent few weeks, the planet shall be getting decrease within the southwest sky and nearer to the solar. It vanishes into the solar’s glare in February. On Feb. 28, it’s along with the solar. At that time Saturn and the Earth are on reverse sides of the photo voltaic system with the solar in between blocking our view.

Jupiter is presently situated pretty excessive within the southern sky after sundown. It’s nonetheless fairly shiny so you must be capable to spot it as quickly because it will get darkish. The moon passes by Jupiter on Jan. 18. It does so once more subsequent month on Feb. 14. The large planet will stay seen by means of the winter till about mid-April. Thereafter it turns into too low for good viewing. It’s along with the solar on Might 18.

Jupiter remains to be seen within the southern sky after sundown and is close to the moon on Jan. 18.
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These two planets stay hidden when near the solar however later this 12 months will emerge into the morning sky. Saturn shall be first. It can rise earlier than the solar in mid-Arpil. Jupiter follows in mid-June.

We gained’t have to attend lengthy for one more good view of those fuel big planets — Saturn is closest to Earth on Sept. 8. Jupiter shall be closest to us on Dec. 7.

Kevin D. Conod is the Planetarium Astronomer on the County School of Morris and president of the North Jersey Astronomical Group.


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