Jupiter, the king of the planets, is at opposition Aug. 19. Opposition is when an outer planet is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun. At that time, they are the closest, largest and brightest. They are also up all night long.
With eyes, Jupiter is a bright white star. With mounted binoculars, it is a sphere with its four Galilean moons. With a modest telescope, it can be seen in all its majesty with dark belts and bright zones. On Aug. 19, at 9:30 p.m. (an hour after sunset), Jupiter is low in the southeast. It will cross the sky as the night wears on and be directly south at midnight. Dimmer Saturn can be seen to its west.
Public night is the first Friday each month from sunset to 10 p.m. Join us Sept. 3 to see the Return of the King. humbleisd.net/observatory