Jupiter and its largest moons visible with just binoculars in June


While it will be easier to see than usual all of June, the best time to see Jupiter and its moons will be next week when the planet reaches 'opposition, ' which refers to the annual occurrence when Jupiter, the Earth and the sun are all arranged in a straight line.

NASA has a message for space lovers this month: Look up.

Aside from the Sun, Jupiter is the largest celestial body in our solar system.

The largest planet of our solar system, Jupiter will be so close to the Earth that you wouldn't need a telescope to view it. NASA confirmed that Jupiter will be biggest and brightest this month, seen on all nights.

Jupiter will be visible in the sky all night and will be at its closest point to earth.

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Mark your calendars, as it will be the best time of year to see it.

The space agency also says the planet - our solar system's largest - will be visible to the naked eye, resembling a bright star in the night sky.

An enhanced-colour image created by citizen scientist Jason Major using a raw image data from the JunoCam imager on NASA's Juno spacecraft of Jupiter.

This will peak on the night of Monday, June 10, when, depending on where you are in the world, the planet will be clearly visible to the naked eye - with binoculars or a telescope greatly enhancing its clarity.

NASA has been studying Jupiter closely for three years with the Juno (Junona) spacecraft. If you have a small telescope, you'll be able to see Jupiter's cloudy bands. "But it should be spectacular if you can manage it".