Monday, September 13, 2010

Jupiter Bright in the Sky

For anyone interested in astronomy, Jupiter will be extremely bright throughout the month of September. Actually, it is at the brightest magnitude that can be seen from Earth. It rises in the east around sunset, so best viewing would be a couple hours later. Brighter than any other star, it is easily visible to the naked eye. Even a small telescope will have enough power to show you Jupiter's reddish-orange equatorial bands and it's four largest moons (Europa, Callisto, Ganymede, and Io) as small points of light close to the planet.

*Note: To tell the difference between a planet and a star, look closely at the light. Starlight twinkles, but the light from a planet does not.

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