Jupiter At Opposition


Set your alarms ready for the 8th of March, because it will be the best chance you will get of catching a glimpse of Jupiter for a while!

The giant planet will be at its nearest to us here on Earth, with its face fully illuminated by the sun. It will be visible for most of the night, reaching its highest point at around midnight. Bear in mind that this is absolutely the best time to view and photograph Jupiter as well as its moons,  so I will be ready waiting with my telescope to gaze at the largest planet in our solar system.


If you are worried about what you will be able to see, don’t worry. A decent sized telescope should allow you to see quite a few of the details in Jupiter’s cloud bands, and even with a good pair of binoculars you will be able to see the four larger moons. They will be bright dots visible on the side of the planet.

So remember to aim your telescopes (and binoculars!) towards the constellation Leo at around 12am GMT on the 8th of March to join me as we marvel at one of the most impressive planets in our solar system. I will be there waiting eagerly with my Saxon Novo 705AZ3!

Constellation of Lea in context with other constellations