Jupiter will be the star of nighttime sky show

Astronomers, both professional and amateur, are touting the fantastic opportunities that star gazers have to see Jupiter up close and personal. Well, at least nearer than most of the time.

Chris Arridge, an astronomer from University College, London, said that someone with binoculars ought to be able to see some of the big planet’s moon. He was quoted in a release for National Astronomy Week in Britain.

The best time will be about midnight. The planet was the closest to the earth Jan. 5,  but now Jupiter is moving higher in the night sky and will be at 23.3 degrees March 11, according to David Dickinson  on the Universe Today Web site.

The Central Valley is having clear skies these days with low humidity, so the planet should be easy to spot.

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