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Observing Jupiter

Want to observe Jupiter? Here are some tips that will optimize your observing session with the giant and its satellites.
Next to the Sun and Moon, the celestial object with the greatest visible detail is Jupiter. Even small telescopes can immediately show the four Galilean satellites (the four moons of Jupiter discovered by Galileo in 1610). These moons appear as bright points of light on either side of Jupiter and generally lie in a straight line (although some interesting triangles and other geometric forms are possible). In addition to Jupiter's moons, several dark stripes are easily seen on the planet. These s...

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