Space

The biggest planet Jupiter is now in the night sky

The biggest planet of the solar system, Jupiter has reportedly reached what is called its opposition. The happening was heard on Tuesday and now the planet would be in the celestial sphere all through the night. The planet Jupiter is reported to be “rising in the early evening.” However, its location in the Libra constellation is oriented towards the south for which it takes some hours to reach high enough to be seen in the sky. As estimated, it should appear clearly from above rooftops and treetops after around 9.30 p.m. The planet reaches the highest limit in the “southern sky” at near about 12.30 a.m. The planet can be viewed clearly until 4 a.m. at the time in which it is residing in the south-west region.

At times the planet seems as if it has very small appendages on both its sides. These appendages reportedly are the moons of Jupiter. There is no manner to visualize it with the naked eyes. But with the help of a pair of binoculars near about four bright moons of the planet can be seen, which appear just like tiny stars on both its sides. A small telescope can be effective in seeing the planet’s moons more clearly as well as in figuring out the planet’s disk and a few of the many cloud zones and bands.

Jupiter basically is just a huge mass of helium and hydrogen gas. In the outer space of the planet, there exists sulfur, ammonia, methane, and many other gases. These gases combinely tend to develop the multi-colored bands of cloud. There are two darker bands of cloud on both the sides of the equator of the planet, which are very easy to view.

The Great Red Spot of the planet is very popular but proves to be the hardest to spot. The size of the Great Red Spot is reportedly diminishing over the last few decades. The recent dimensions of the Jupiter spacecraft reveal that it has turned to become approximately “half the size of what it used to be.” It is at present nearly 1.5 times as broad as that of the earth.  Its color is seen to be transforming from dark red to pale salmon and again going back to the original state. Both the Great Red Spot and the Red Spot Jr. have this red color, which is just an unsolved mystery. Though the reason behind the color is not yet known, it is thought to be the result of red phosphorus, sulfur compounds and other organic molecules facing interactions with the sun.

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