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
LevelEasyRatingBest ViewingAll month, before sunrise
FindJupiter 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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