Jupiter sticks out in this marble-like picture from NASA, processed by Kevin Gill.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/ MSSS/Kevin M. Gill.

A couple of nights back, a pal asked, “What’s that star?” We searched for at a brilliant determine shining above the horizon. However it was no star. It was Jupiter. The huge gas giant world is flaunting for us Earthlings this month.

Jupiter will reach opposition on Monday, June 10 in a yearly occasion that marks the time when Earth is straight in between the gas giant and the sun. This implies Jupiter is relatively near to Earth and you can find it hiding in the sky all night long. This whole month provides fantastic seeing chances.

” The planetary system’s biggest world is a fantastic gem to the naked eye, however looks wonderful through field glasses or a little telescope, which will permit you to find the 4 biggest moons, and perhaps even glance a tip of the banded clouds that surround the world,” NASA recommends in a skywatching upgrade for June

While Jupiter remains in a prime position today, skygazers are frequently able to see its greatest moons with field glasses at other times of the year, too. It’s valuable if you remain in a location with low light contamination.

Opposition simply takes place to be a best reason to head out and attempt some moon-spotting on your own. And make sure to wave at Mr. Hankey if you see him.

Initially released June 6.