Jupiter will be in view from Earth tonight
Tonight may be one of the best nights to check out Jupiter, the solar system’s most massive planet. The giant gas planet will be at it brightest as it sits directly opposite the sun and roughly 641-million kilometres from Earth.
Tomorrow, Jupiter will actually be at its closest point to Earth this year, meaning it will easy to spot as the second-brightest planet in our night sky, following only Venus. And if you grab a pair of binoculars you could catch four of Jupiter’s brightest moons: Io, Ganymede, Europa and Callisto.
Jupiter will begin to rise in the southeast sky roughly around 9:30 p.m. local time, but waiting until Jupiter rises higher in the sky will help with visibility, and provide you with a darker sky.
One of the best locations in our area to see Jupiter tonight, is the Dark Sky Preserve in North Frontenac. In 2013, the Township became the first municipality in Canada to receive Dark Sky Preserve status from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
The Preserve is located at 5816 Hwy. 506, four kilometers south-west of the North Frontenac Township offices near Plevna. The site offers parking, washrooms and a paved hill-top observation pad where anyone can setup a telescope and enjoy the darkest skies in southern Ontario.
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