When the sun goes down, the show is just starting. The sky is filling with a canopy of dazzling lights and then…
The Galileo Galilei’s moons
Labeled as Galilean satellites – after the Galileo Galilei, who first observed them in 1610 – Jupiter enlightens the sky with four of his moons. Also, look in the sky at 2 a.m. when Europa, one of the visible moons, appears behind Jupiter. After 9 a.m. is best viewing time for the other two of Jupiter satellites – Ganymede and Callisto – slipped right on Firnament. If you want to follow in Galileo’s steps, it requires only a simple telescope and a drop of curiosity.
Venus and Jupiter are at the right time
The spinning pearl, Venus it is now shining in the right corner twice as bright, brighter than any point in the sky. If you carry a telescope, you can observe half of the surface illuminated this week. Venus and Jupiter’s celestial apparitions call attention to themselves during two times: nautical twilight, at 9 p.m. when planets and stars come along; and evening twilight – from sunset until when the geometric center of the sun is 6 degrees lower horizon.
The asteroid of a planet-size
Ohio-sized belt asteroid 4Vesta can be peeked on the right side of Saturn. Although the size and the orbit closeness of Earth, Vesta is not a real threat to humankind. Even it has the dimension of a planet – a tiny one – the Sun, Mars, and Venus are way closer.
Saturn’s ring steals the show
The most distant planet for the naked eye, Saturn will come out above the lid of the teapot shape of constellation Sagittarius. When the darkness falls, one of the asteroids of Saturn glimmers from rural areas more than inside the city. Through a medium telescope, you can see at a glance the Saturn’s rings glimmering at best view times. At some point, they will vanish from the sight and reappear after ten years.
Patrick Supernaw is the lead editor for Great Lakes Ledger. Patrick has written for many publications including The Huffington Post and Vanity Fair. Patrick is based in Ottawa and covers issues affecting his city. In addition to his severe hockey addiction, Pat also enjoys kayaking and can often be found paddling the Rideau Canal. Contact Pat here