Jupiter Opposition

Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system since it can fit Earth in it over 11 times.

It is normally 628,743,036 km but on the 9th of March 2016 it was closer to Earth than it ever will be again for a long time. It was visible for most of the night reaching the highest point in the sky at midnight.

March is normally the best month of the year to see Jupiter but on the 8th of March 2016 it appeared opposite the sun in the midnight sky. The Earth in its faster, smaller orbit around the sun will swing in between the sun and Jupiter on March 8, 2016. This will mean that the sun will be at the opposite end of the sky to Jupiter.

Even through a 60 millimetre telescope (2.4 inch) you can see lots of detail such as the northern and southern equatorial belts and through a larger 100 millimetre telescope you can see the soar systems famous storm “The great red spot”.

 

By Jack – A member of the St Ambrose Barlow school report team

 

 

 

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