Jupiter

NASA Jupiter

 JUPITER IN JULY

Use our interactive sky map HERE to find out if you can see Jupiter right now!

Warning!

Be careful when viewing Jupiter if it is close to the Sun. The Sun can damage your eyes so ensure it has not risen before attempting to view Jupiter. Never look at the Sun through a telescope without using a special solar filter. Even catching a quick glimpse of it whilst searching for a nearby planet could cause irreparable damage.

A bit about Jupiter

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun, and the largest in the solar system. It is the largest gas giant.

You could fit ALL of the other planets in the solar system inside Jupiter!!

It's largest moons can be seen through binoculars, along with the Great Red Spot (which is a massive storm on the planet).

Jupiter shines bright in the sky and is the the second brightest planet (Venus is the brightest).

Equipment needed

No fancy equipment needed to view Jupiter, it can be seen with the naked eye!

A decent pair of binoculars will allow you to catch a glimpse of the largest moons.

Take a look through a small telescope and you can see some amazing things!

You could see the great red spot or one of the stunning moons crossing in front of the planet! You will also see the different coloured belts on Jupiter.

When & where to see Jupiter this month

Jupiter can be seen in the South from dusk. You can see it from around 21:40.

It can be seen until it sets in the South West around 01.00 at the start of the month and 23.30 towards the end of the month.

Take a look at our page HERE to see what times you can see the great red spot.

This image shows the location of Jupiter at 22:30 on the 11th of July.

This image is a screen shot from Stellarium, a fantastic piece of free software.

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