Jupiter highest in the evening sky this time of the year - Tucson News Now

Jupiter highest in the evening sky this time of the year

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If you have never had a chance to see Jupiter in the night sky, this time of the year is a great time to check it out.  Jupiter will be highest in the sky around 8:30 in the evening into early May.  

Jupiter should be easy to spot, as it is the brightest star-like object in the evening sky this time of the year.  In fact, it will continue to be the brightest object in the evening sky until Venus returns to the evening sky in July, according to EarthSky.com.  

To find it, face south and look straight up around 8:30 PM.  Jupiter will be the brightest object in the sky.  It will move closer to the western horizon as the night progresses.  

As a bonus, if you own a telescope or a decent pair of binoculars, you should be able to easily see one or all of Jupiter's four largest moons: Io, Europa, Callisto and Ganymede.  Good luck!

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