Friday, October 28, 2011

Opposition of Jupiter, October 2011

Left image: Location of Jupiter above the north-east horizon as seen from Adelaide tonight, Saturday October 29, at 10:00 pm local daylight savings time. Similar views will be seen at equivalent local times elsewhere in Australia. Right Image: The view of Jupiter as seen through a small telescope at the same time.

The Opposition of Jupiter is tonight, when Jupiter is biggest and brightest as seen from Earth. Look to the North-east in the early evening, and the north in the late evening. It's the brightest object in the north-eastern sky at the moment. Don't worry if you can't see it tonight, it will be big and bright for many weeks to come, and a worthy target in binoculars or small telescopes.

If you don't have a telescope, now is a good time to visit one of your local astronomical societies open nights or the local planetariums.

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