14
Jan
2014

Jupiter co-stars with the moon in tonight’s sky

The nearly full moon joins Jupiter tonight. This map shows the sky facing east around 7 p.m. local time. The two will be just 4.8 degrees apart later this evening. Stellarium

The moon’s steady eastward progress puts it in Jupiter’s vicinity tonight. Always cool when the two brightest lights in the evening sky get together. They add extra sparkle and interest to a night’s walk.

Telescope users can watch the largest moon Ganymede exit the Jupiter’s shadow after eclipse. You’ll see the first glimmer of the moon very close to the east edge of the planet directly across from the North Equatorial Belt beginning around 9:20 p.m. CST (10:20 Easter, 7:20 Pacific). ¬†Watch as it quickly swells to its usual brightness in just a few minutes.

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