Jupiter becomes extremely easy to spot over the next few days as the Moon moves on by it in the East. Tonight (Monday) Jupiter is the brightest “Star” in the East below and to the left of the Moon. Tomorrow the Moon gets even closer – being a tad to the right and below it.
Extra credit question! When you look at Jupiter… do you notice what is different about it when you compare it to any of the other stars in the area (not it’s brightness)?
Look to the east at 7pm and you will be treated to the wonderful view of the King of the planets rising – none other than Jupiter (actually my favorite planet to view through a telescope… yes… even more than Saturn).
At 7pm… look to the east… and Jupiter will be the brightest “Star” close to the horizon.
Jupiter at 7pm with the constellation lines added (note: you won’t see these in the sky)
At 10pm Jupiter is much higher in the sky and that Iconic winter constellation of Orion is now easier to see as it is closer to vertical. Also visible below is the actual BRIGHTEST star.. Sirus.
I was picking up some family from LAX and I found a nearby residential neighborhood with a good view of the planetary trio close to one of the runways.
All photos captured on 5/26/13 using my Canon 60d with the 18-135mm Lens at 106mm (eff 170mm), 1/50s F5.0 ISO1600. Some processing in Adobe Lightroom to increase exposure (brightness). In reality it was quite a bit darker than is shown.
Get outside and Look Up Tonight soon after sunset and you will be treated to a rare triple planetary alignment in the west visible to the unaided eye. The short video shows where to look for Jupiter, Venus and Mercury and how they have moved each night after sunset at about 8pm.