A few days later, on September 26, The largest planet in the solar systemAnd the JupiterJupiterwill be in opposition. This means that it will be aligned with the ground and SunSun And that you can enjoy it all night long, sparkling more than ever in 2022. Why? Because this year, his opposition, in a few hours, collides with his smallest distance from our planet. It is already September 25th when the gas giant reaches its destination orbitingorbiting closest to the earth. Only about 590 million km. This hasn’t happened since 1963!
How do you observe the planet Jupiter?
So it is an excellent period to watch Jupiter. In theeyeeye Naked of course and/or with a machine if you have one. If not, you probably know someone with an extension telescopetelescope Or a telescope, or is there a structure near you that provides evening observations for the public (astronomy club, astronomy center, some planetariums, etc.). Otherwise, one solution is to target giant planetgiant planet With a pair of binoculars working very well, then you will see four larger ones moonsmoons (of 79 known): IoIoEurope , GanymedeGanymede and Callsito. You will also notice that this bright spot normally visible to the naked eye in the sky becomes a small disk (actually a sphere) where one can discern, and guess, the difference in clouds.
So these days, Jupiter It is displayed in lenseslenses A little bigger than usual, for the fun of the curious and Astronomy scientistsAstronomy scientists Amateurs (beginner or confirmed and well-equipped) and it will rain pictures on social networkssocial networks. Many of them, after much processing work, are very impressive for the richness of the details of the gas giant (various clouds bands and spots at the top). atmosphereatmosphere). Of course, for each celestial note, it is highly recommended to prefer a location in the countryside, free of light pollutionlight pollution In order to make the most of it in the dark of night. and morestarstar It would be high in the sky, it would hardly bother him disturbancedisturbance Atmosphere, very noisy near the horizon.
Jupiter, ruler of heaven
Jupiter It revolves around the sun in 12 Earth years, allowing it to cross a constellationconstellation of horoscopes per year on average, which align witheclipticecliptic (the level of orbit of all the planets). Currently, the gas giant in PiscesPiscesOver the whale’s tail, not far from it NeptuneNeptune (explore Note James Webb’s Neptune) – a view of the earth. But the latter, farthest from the sun, is not bright enough to be seen with the naked eye.
At a distance of 590 million km (the average distance is 779 million km), Jupiter necessarily shines brighter than in other years. You may have already noticed it in the sky, shimmering, halfway between the horizon and climaxclimax, over the southeast, late in the evening. Since it’s a planet, it’s a celestial body relatively close to us (just 33 light-minutes away!) as opposed to a planet. starsstarsJupiter does not blink.
In this period of opposition, the gas giant will reign all night, without moon or VenusVenus to compete with him. It rises in the east, just opposite the setting sun, and then drops below the western horizon when the solar star returns. It makes beautiful whole nights to check out and watch her satellite dance.
Article from Xavier DemersmannXavier Demersmann Posted on June 10, 2019
In opposition on June 10, Jupiter is closest to Earth and can be seen all night long. Earth between the giant and the sun. It’s time to enjoy it with the naked eye, binoculars or telescope.
Today, June 10, around 3pm UTC, which is 5pm Paris time, Jupiter was in opposition. In other words, the largest planet in the world solar systemsolar system aligned with the sun and the earth. So it is the best time to enjoy it, from dusk till dawn. And this year, it shines even more because it is only 641 million kilometers away from us. Passing from the southeast to the southwest, the gas giant reaches its zenith over the south at about 1:30 AM. even red scorpion (MagnitudeMagnitude 1), which is not far away, looks very pale next to it Jupiter (Destiny -2.6).
In 2019, the neighboring planet “house” of Scorpio, Snake, crosses the thirteenth constellation of the zodiac, which is also called Ophiuchus. Its stars are depicted by the son of Apollo in Greek mythology Asclepius (Askolapius to the Romans). Following the teachings of Centaur Chiron (the next arc), the hero was considered the master of snakes. He holds one in his hands. Currently, we can see the “Wandering Star” (the origin of the word planet) creeping up near the feet of Ophiuchus, on the edge of fogfog silver Milky WayMilky Waywhich we guess in the background, smeared with darkness CloudsClouds from dust. It’s a great context, but it has a flaw in that for us latitudeslatitudes Medium, the gas giant is not very high above the horizon, its rays pass through a thick layer of the atmosphere resulting in stronger turbulence and less sharp images, much to the chagrin of amateur astronomers.
How do you observe the planet Jupiter?
Machine lightlightAnd the “Thunder” For Homer, Jupiter-Zeus (the same etymology) fills all those who are interested in the sky who think of it. With a pair of binoculars, you will not be too disturbed by turbulence and will enjoy the dance of its largest moon: Ganymede, CallistoCallistoEurope and Io. These are its four moons in Galilee (GalileoGalileo was the first to notice them), small four DiamondDiamond Whom you can keep track of all night long.
In a telescope or telescope, at a higher magnification, you will be amazed to look at (or spot) the belts ochresochres Invading giant, tropical gangster, and of course big red spot. Known for three and a half centuries, this red-orange eye – a tornadotornado It interests astronomers by its very nature, and more recently by its significant changes in size. Not only is it visibly reduced in size (so to speak) but its edges appear to be crumbling and blending with the equatorial band in recent weeks. Will the Great Red Spot disappear?
Despite being in opposition today, Jupiter will still be visible every summer evening. And on several occasions, the moon will come to stay with him (A jointlyjointly), as of June 16.