Juno has been getting an even closer look as its orbit takes it very close to Jupiter’s poles.
How to watch Jupiter at opposition
While you won’t get such stunning detail in your own observations, there’s still a chance to marvel at the planet.
You should be able to observe Jupiter and its four brightest moons — Io, Europa, Callisto, and Ganymede (you can see these on many clear nights) — with a pair of binoculars. And with a telescope, you could be able to see a few of the individual cloud belts on Jupiter, and perhaps even the Great Red Spot.
During opposition, Jupiter will rise at dusk in the southeastern sky (northeastern if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere), and will stay in the sky until dawn. I suggest using a smartphone app, like Sky Guide, to find and track it for yourself.
Author: Brian Resnick