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Davis Astronomy Club at Explorit

Jupiter at Opposition

  • Davis-Explorit Astronomy Club
When Jun 15, 2019
from 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Explorit Science Center
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Dazzling Jupiter – Jewel of the summer night sky  

Jupiter, the most massive and biggest of the solar system planets and fifth in order from the sun, is optimum for viewing in the next few months as it just passed opposition on Monday, June 10. Shining brightly at –2.5 visual magnitude in the constellation Ophiuchus, dazzling white Jupiter is easily observable with the unaided eye from dusk to dawn and outshines all objects except the moon in the summer night sky.

At opposition, an outer planet (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, or Neptune) is on the opposite side of the earth from the sun. At this alignment, the planet rises in the east opposite to the setting sun in the west, is visible all night, and sets in the west opposite to the rising sun in the east. The planet also appears biggest and brightest as it is closest to earth in distance during an opposition.


Everyone is invited to the Saturday, June 15 meeting of the Davis Astronomy Club at Explorit Science Center (3141 5thStreet, Davis) starting at 7:30pm. All ages are welcome to attend the featured presentation indoors, followed by the star party outdoors where we will observe Jupiter and its largest moons.

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