Jupiter will be at its biggest and brightest on Monday, come take a peek

This is the best time to view Jupiter and its moons. The planet will be at opposition this month, meaning Earth flies between Jupiter and the Sun giving us an up-close view and making Jupiter look bigger and brighter than ever.

Jupiter. Credits: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (NASA Goddard)

Come and see the view with the Faculty of Science at York University’s Keele Campus.

“Come on out and witness Jupiter at its finest! We should be able to observe some of the Galilean moons (Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto) which creates a nice spectacle,” said Charissa Campbell, interim director of the Allan I. Carswell Observatory. “Reports have indicated Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is dissipating, so don’t miss your chance to observe the largest planet through our 40 cm telescope!”

On June 10 (or June 11 depending on weather), the Allan I. Carswell Observatory team will set up multiple telescopes on the top of the Arboretum (top floor of the parking garage at the William Small Centre) for the public.

Viewing will run from 10 p.m to. midnight and admission is free.

Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System and the fifth from the Sun.

Weather updates will be posted by 4 p.m. on social media: @yorkobservatory, Facebook or http://observatory.info.yorku.ca/.