Close Encounters of the Jupiter Kind

 

Interested in your solar system? How would you like to be able to have a close encounter with Jupiter? Maybe you can.

On March 8th, 2016 Earth and Jupiter will have a close encounter. The giant planet will be “up all night,” soaring almost overhead at midnight and not setting until the sky brightens with the twilight hues of sunrise on March 9th. In July, the Juno mission will give us an even closer look.

More about Juno: www.nasa.gov/juno

“Jupiter is now the brightest object in the night sky with the exception of the moon and the International Space Station. There’s no difficulty telling the difference between Jupiter and the space station, because Jupiter appears stationary, while the orbiting laboratory moves across the sky rapidly, taking about 5 minutes to cross.”

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