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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published February 12 2014

Weather Talk: Jupiter in perfect position for viewing on clear night

On any clear night this month, the planet Jupiter will continue to be in perfect position for viewing.Jupiter rises in the east in the evening and moves across the sky each night.If you know your constellations, it is near Orion.

Jupiter is a spectacular sight in just the smallest of telescopes or even a quality pair of binoculars.It is easy to find three or four of its brighter moons in an ecliptic plane on either side of the planet. Once you’ve found the moons, look again a night or two later and see how their positions have changed.

In late 1609 and early 1610, using perhaps the best telescope ever built to that time, Galileo Galilei saw these same four moons change positions night after night, which convinced him that not all things in the universe revolved around Earth.


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