|Jupiter February, 2018 ⬅︎|
| Jupiter is easy to find because it is so bright. Only Venus and the moon are brighter in our night sky. Because it moves so slowly in earth's sky -- about one constellation of the zodiac eastward each year -- once you learn its location it is easy to find again.
Binoculars can reveal the four largest moons of Jupiter -- Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. From one night to the next, it is possible to watch them change positions as they orbit Jupiter. A telescope can reveal the bands in Jupiter's atmosphere, the Great Red Spot and more moons.
|Viewing Jupiter in February, 2018|
|Level||Easy||Rating||Best Viewing||All month, before sunrise|
|Find||Jupiter is out all month in the morning hours before sunrise. Look S for this bright planet (see above).
|View the Galilean moons -- Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto -- as they orbit Jupiter.|
|View moons, the Great Red Spot and bands of Jupiter's atmosphere.|
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