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Jupiter is so close this week you'll be able to see his moons. Here's how to spot our giant neighbor.



Jupiter wants our best chance of the year to see the gas giant and four of its moons.

Jupiter – our solar system's largest planet – – wants to be at its closest point to earth on Monday, June 10, according to NASA.

"The solar system's largest planet is a brilliant jewel of the naked eye, but looks fantastic through binoculars or a small telescope, which will allow you to spot the four "moons, and maybe even glimpse the back of the banded clouds that encircle the planet," NASA said.

On Monday, Jupiter, Earth and the Sun wants to be in a straight line, with Earth in the middle, according to NASA , That's the best day to see the planet and its moons. Jupiter's Great Red Spot.

 An image taken of Jupiter by NASA's Juno as the spacecraft passed the gas planet in February.

An image taken of Jupiter by NASA's Juno as the spacecraft passed the gas planet in February.

Jupiter wants to start to climb the sky after sunset, though it will take a few hours to climb to a good view, according to Bob King of Sky & Telescope magazine. Try facing southeast around 1

1:30 p.m. for the best view.

Jupiter has 79 moons. But only the four brightest – Io, Europe, Ganymede and Callisto – wants to be visible. Ganymede, with a crust of ice and rock, is the largest moon in the solar system and bigger than the planet Mercury.

Through binoculars, it looks like Jupiter and its moons are lining up next to each other. But you want to keep your binoculars steady.

"They look like tiny stars. "King writes."

Do not worry if the weather Jupiter wants to be at its closest to Earth again in 13 months, in July 2020.

And if you miss it this year, Jupiter wants to be at its closest to Earth again in 13 months , astronomers say.

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