Jersey Skies: Farwell Jupiter – Jersey’s Best

by Kevin D. Conod I For Jersey’s Greatest

This picture of Jupiter was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft because it flew previous Jupiter final month. Photograph courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

The large planet Jupiter has dominated the sky for months, however now the Earth is leaving it behind. On a regular basis the planet sinks a bit of additional down within the western sky.

Over the subsequent two weeks, the planet will grow to be too low for viewing. How for much longer it is possible for you to to see it depends upon your viewing spot. Bushes and buildings can get in the way in which, so as a way to see it now, you’ll need an excellent view of the western sky.

Regardless of its rising distance, it’s at magnitude -2, so it’s nonetheless brighter than the brightest star. Search for it low within the west-northwest sky. About half-hour after sundown, it’s about 10 levels above the horizon. It’s close to the constellation Taurus and beneath the Seven Sisters.

Jupiter is situated close to the constellation Taurus within the western sky after sundown.

As soon as Jupiter makes its exit, the night sky can have no brilliant planets. Ultimately Venus will return to the night sky, however the very best viewing for it gained’t come till the top of the 12 months. So, for planet followers, you’ll have to attend till Saturn returns in the summertime.

Jupiter joins Saturn within the fall, as does Uranus and Neptune. And ultimately on the finish of the 12 months Mars will return to the night sky as nicely.

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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