Jupiter and moons can be seen by binoculars this June


Jupiter reaches opposition on this date, which is a yearly occurrence when Jupiter, Earth and the Sun are arranged in a straight line, with Earth in the middle.

If you're a stargazer then you know that June is a great month for catching a glimpse of Jupiter at its biggest and brightest point in the night sky.

Nasa has said that during peak time on a clear night, you should be able to see Jupiter's four biggest moons just with a pair of binoculars. If you have a slightly more powerful telescope, you may even be able to see the Great Red Spot, a colossal storm on Jupiter that now appears to be shrinking. The planet has a turbulent atmosphere, surrounded by cloud belts and whirlwinds.

So grab some blankets, a pair of binoculars or a telescope and gaze into the darkness this month for some out of this world views!

"Unlike stars, it won't twinkle, even when it's low down, it will look pretty steady, and that will make it stand out".

First, the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter, takes center stage. You might want to also contact local planetariums to see if they have any special events in conjunction with Jupiter's June appearance.

This undated artist's rendering shows NASA's Juno spacecraft making one of its close passes over Jupiter.

Scientists believe the planet has a total of 79 moons - 53 have been named while 26 have yet to be officially named. We looked up at a bright pinpoint shining above the horizon. We thought it was uniform inside and relatively boring.