Head To The Darkest Spot In Nevada To See Jupiter And Its Moons This Month

June 9, 2019

Summer is a wonderful time to do some stargazing in our state. After all, Nevadans have a better shot than most Americans at seeing the glorious night sky totally unobstructed by artificial light. This month is an especially good time to dig out your telescope because the planet Jupiter is expected to be visible for all of June, along with its many moons. In fact, seeing Jupiter in Nevada has never been easier with all of the “dark sky” regions that our state has to offer. Head to one of them and you’re bound to be blown away by what you see.

Attention, astronomy enthusiasts! The planet Jupiter is expected to be bigger and easier to see than ever throughout the month of June, so head on over to one of Nevada's many dark sky sites to see it for yourself.

 

According to NASA, Jupiter will be visible all month long, rising at dusk and remaining visible for the entirety of the night. This is an exciting opportunity to get out there and appreciate Nevada's fantastic night skies, and you won't want to miss it.

NASA, Jupiter will be visible all month long, rising at dusk and remaining visible for the entirety of the night. This is an exciting opportunity to get out there and appreciate Nevada's fantastic night skies, and you won't want to miss it.

Bringing out the telescope won't be necessary to see Jupiter since it'll be visible to the naked eye. However, using binoculars or a telescope will allow you to get an incredible look at the solar system's largest planet. You'll even be able to see the planet's four largest moons.

 

Additionally, Mars and Mercury are expected to appear extra close together in mid-June. For two days, on June 17 and June 18, you'll get a spectacular view of the two planets immediately after sunset.

 

As with all celestial events, this sight is best witnessed by getting far away from any sort of artificial light. That's especially easy for us Nevadans, considering our state is home to both an International Dark Sky Park at Great Basin National Parkand a Dark Sky Sanctuary atGreat Basin National Park and a Dark Sky Sanctuary at Massacre Rim Wilderness Area.

Both Great Basin and Massacre Rim have been officially acknowledged by the International Dark Sky Association for their super dark skies—perfect for star gazing. However, there are a plethora of spots throughout our state that are far enough away from city lights for viewing the night sky.

 

June is looking to be a great month for observing our solar system's stunning treasures. Plan a trip to somewhere dark in our state, such as the destinations mentioned above, and witness something truly amazing!

 

Courtesy of OnlyInYourState

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