Friday, July 11, 2014

Tonight's Sky for July 11: Jupiter Sets a Half Hour After the Sun

Jupiter, 5th planet from the Sun and 4th brightest object in the sky, is now setting just a half hour after the Sun come tonight, which means that it is truly now or never to catch the king of the planets before it disappears into the Sun's glare. To see it, go out just after sunset and use binoculars to scan very low in the Western sky. The bad news: Jupiter is only about 3 degrees (3 little finger widths at arm's length) above the horizon. The good news: it's almost magnitude -2, which should help it pop out from the twilight glow. 

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