It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s…….

If you have ever gazed up at the night sky and tried to envision distant planets in unexplored depths of space, tonight you will be able to catch a glimpse of one of those very planets. As the sun sets this evening, find the moon in the early night sky. You’ll find it in the north northeast and you also should notice something else just as bright. A slightly smaller, but equally impressive “star-like” body will be near the moon all night long. That apparent star is actually the planet Jupiter. The moon is over 1,500 times closer to the Earth than Jupiter is so it will appear to move throughout the night and Jupiter will remain stationary. It will be easily visible with the naked eye, however if you happen to own a telescope you are in luck. Through the weekend, especially on Sunday night, the rings and moons of Jupiter will be incredibly visible by telescopes and even binoculars. Check out the view that is out of this planet! -Greg


Posted under First Look, space

This post was written by qni_it on November 29, 2012

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  1. WI Wx Buff November 29, 2012 12:22 PM

    I saw that last night and I was wondering what that bright star was!

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