How to see Jupiter's moons this month with your binoculars

Eloise Marshall
June 8, 2019

But Jupiter isn't the only planet taking the stage in the June night sky.

If you happen to get your hands on some vision enhancing equipment, you might even be able to make out Jupiter's largest moons, Europa, Ganymede, Io and Callisto, which were first spotted by Galileo Galilei in the early 17th century.

For space lovers around the world, Nasa has a message for you this month: Look up!

Opposition is the best time of year to see Jupiter as it will be visible in the sky all night and is at its closest to our own planet. Opposition means "Jupiter, Earth and the sun are arranged in a straight line, with Earth in the middle", according to the agency.

This view of Jupiter's Great Red Spot and turbulent southern hemisphere was captured by Juno as it performed a close pass of the gas giant planet, February 12, 2019.

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Advice: Robert Massey, the deputy executive director at Britain's Royal Astronomical Society, told CNN about the best ways to see Jupiter. You might want to also contact local planetariums to see if they have any special events in conjunction with Jupiter's June appearance. Scientists believe the planet has a combined 79 moons - 53 named and 26 awaiting official names.

"My advice to people would be to go out and have a look because it's a lovely sight and it's really quite a thing to realize that when you are looking at the moons with a pair of binoculars - when you see them moving from one night to the next - it's worth reflecting on the fact that it was that discovery that cemented our view of the solar system as having the sun at the center", Massey said.

This undated artist's rendering shows NASA's Juno spacecraft making one of its close passes over Jupiter.

"The solar system's largest planet is a brilliant jewel to the naked eye". Currently, NASA's spacecraft Juno is orbiting the planet and has given some stunning footage in the oast few years.

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