What’s in the Sky Now – Planets

by telescope review guide

Venus is getting close to the Sun and is hard to spot right now. In  about a week it will become a morning object. Early risers can witness Venus in all of its glory for most of the rest of the year.

Saturn has just passed opposition but is still near its brightest for the year. Unfortunately the rings are nearly edge on right now and so are not very visible. Disappointing as that is, Saturn is still an impressive target and you should be able to pick out some of its moons even with a smaller telescope.

Mars and Jupiter are close together in the early morning sky with Jupiter being the far brighter of the two. A good

Jupiter and the Galilean Moons

Jupiter and the Galilean Moons

telescope should pick able to image the Great Red Spot as well as at least four of the 63 known Jovian moons. The four largest moons are called the Galilean moons as they were first observed by Galileo on January 7, 1610 when he trained his home made telescope on Jupiter.

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