Jupiter reaches its peak
August 2009: You can retrace Galileo's footsteps this month by observing Jupiter and its four bright moons
June 22, 2009
You can retrace Galileo's footsteps this month by observing Jupiter and its four bright moons. Jupiter reaches opposition and peak visibility in August, and it remains on display all night. Its moons show up through any telescope.
Giant Jupiter dominates the late-summer sky, reaching opposition August 14 and remaining visible all night. The best views through a telescope will come when it lies high in the south around midnight.
Photo by NASA/JPL/SSI
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