Jupiter, all night long
January 16, 2014 1 Comment
The ‘King of the Planets’, Jupiter, is just days passed its January 5th opposition. Observers can easily spot it as the brightest star in the sky as it becomes visible in the northeast sky right after darkfall. By midnight, Jupiter is riding high nearly overhead. Early risers will notice the planet very low in the northwest just before the start of dawn.
Last weekend I was using at the Vatican Observatory 1.8-m VATT telescope on Mount Graham to observe comets and asteroids. For fun, I spent a little time observing Jupiter…