Highland Road Park Observatory

JOVIAN OPPOSITION

Tuesday 8 May from 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm
No admission fee. For all ages.
Drinks and refreshments.
Binocular recommended.

Jupiter♃ is exactly 180 degrees from the Sun☉, rising as the Sun☉ is setting. We are now the closest we’ll be to Jupiter♃ this year!

The king of the planets (on this date in the constellation Libra♎) is always a delight, with the visible cloud bands and its four Galilean moons—Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto—easily seen as well. The Galileans are always in a different configuration from night to night. How many of them will be seen this night?

The Juno spacecraft is just ending its stint in orbit around Jupiter♃, gathering optical and other data! Will NASA extend the Juno mission?

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, May 4, 2018, 12:30 PM.