05
JUL
2016

Spacecraft Juno Arrives in Jupiter Orbit

At 03:18 GMT on 5 July 2016, after a five-year journey covering a distance of 1.7 billion miles, NASA’s solar-powered spacecraft Juno entered Jupiter orbit. Over the next 20 months Juno is set to circle the giant planet on a mission to uncover the inner workings of Jupiter. The
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04
JUL
2016

Last Chance to see Jupiter in the 2016 Evening Sky

July 2016 is our last opportunity to see Jupiter in the evening sky this year. As the month opens we’ll find the giant planet shining like a beacon of bright white light low down towards the western horizon about 60 minutes after sunset. Once the sky darkens Jupiter becomes easier to
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03
MAY
2016

Jupiter in May 2016 – Dates and Times to see the Great Red Spot from the UK

May 2016 sees Jupiter high up towards the south western part of UK skies as darkness falls. The giant gas planet is easy to find as it is the brightest star-like object in our evening sky out in this direction. A small telescope is all you’ll need to reveal Jupiter as a disc of
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07
APR
2016

See Jupiter in a Telescope in April 2016

Jupiter shines as a bright beacon of white light high up towards the south on April evenings this year. It is easy to spot in the constellation of Leo as it is brighter than any of the stars in the evening sky. At the start of April 2016 Jupiter is 676 million kilometres from Earth. B
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27
FEB
2016

Jupiter Multi Moon Shadow Events in March 2016

March 2016 sees Jupiter undergo several spectacular multi moon shadow events, when two or more shadows from Jupiter’s Galilean moons cross the face of Jupiter at the same time. For the UK and Europe the action gets underway on Tuesday 8 March 2016 with the shadows of Io and Euro
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02
FEB
2016

See Jupiter in a Telescope this February

February 2016 is a great time to track down Jupiter in the evening sky. From the UK the giant planet climbs into the evening sky over the eastern horizon at jut before 9pm at the start of the month. It is easy to identify as it shines brighter than any star in the evening sky. Each ni
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08
JAN
2016

How to Find Jupiter in the January 2016 Night Sky

Jupiter is easy to find in the night sky in January 2016. From the UK it rises above the eastern horizon late evening and is then visible all night through until dawn. To find Jupiter before midnight look to your east from 10pm onwards. The brightest star-like object that you see over
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06
DEC
2015

See Three Planets and a Comet on Christmas Morning 2015

Christmas morning 2015 offers a spectacular three-planet gathering over the UK and Europe ahead of sunrise, and a comet too. Look to your south and south-east at between 6am to 7am on December 25th and you’ll see three bright lights shining among the stars in the sky. Venus is b
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05
DEC
2015

See Jupiter in a Telescope After Midnight in December 2015

December 2015 sees Jupiter perfectly placed for viewing in a telescope after midnight. At the start of the month Jupiter climbs above the eastern horizon in the UK at just after midnight. Look for a bright star-like object due east at about 1am low down towards the horizon. This will
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09
OCT
2015

Watch Venus, Jupiter and Mars Dance on the Eastern Horizon this October

October 2015 sees three bright planets perform an elaborate dance over the eastern horizon ahead of sunrise. Venus, Jupiter and Mars all jostle for position in the morning sky, forming lines and triangle patterns as they subtly shift relative to each other throughout the month, and in
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