JUPITER is the biggest and perhaps most complex planet in our solar system. Not only is it truly beautiful, but it also has the most turbulent atmosphere of all the planets with winds of almost 400 miles per hour recorded in the great red spot, a storm more than double the size of Earth! This turbulent atmosphere makes viewing Jupiter truly amazing as it has so much detail and complexity. Jupiter also has powerful radiation belts and magnetosphere. When particles from the sun interact with Jupiter's magnetic field, large aurorae are produced. If you only have a small telescope or binoculars and can’t see the broiling cloud bands on Jupiter, the planet can always be seen with the 4 Galilean moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. You can watch these moons move around Jupiter from night to night. If your telescope has the ability to see the cloud bands make sure the temperature inside the tube is the same as the outside air temperature, and that you are away from too much light pollution as these factors can hinder your viewing of this beautiful planet.
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Jupiter. Image Credit: NASA, SwRI, MSSS, Damian Peach.

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