Jovial company: Our largest planetary neighbor pays a close visit

Jupiter came closest to Earth last weekend, and will dominate the sky all this month. As a bonus, it ascends higher up than it will again until the year 2023. So we have ideal conditions for observing this most dynamic planet in the known universe.

Jupiter is in Gemini, but you don’t need to know that or anything else to find it any night. Just look around for the very brightest star. It’s astronomy made simple. You’ll see that it floats to the upper left of Orion.

If have a small telescope and a night when the . . .

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