You can see Jupiter’s moons with your binoculars today

The great thing about going out to view Jupiter - if you have clear skies - is that it's easy to spot: it is the second-brightest planet in our night sky, following only Venus.

According to Vox's Brian Resnick, Jupiter will grace the southeastern sky at dusk and remain visible until setting in the west at dawn.

And if you miss it this year, Jupiter will be at its closest to Earth again in 13 months, in July 2020, astronomers say.

And if you want an extra treat, grab a pair of binoculars and you'll catch four of Jupiter's brightest moons: Io, Ganymede, Europa and Callisto.

In its blog on skywatching updates for the month, NASA wrote: "The solar system's largest planet is a brilliant jewel to the naked eye, but looks fantastic through binoculars or a small telescope, which will allow you to spot the four largest moons, and maybe even glimpse a hint of the banded clouds that encircle the planet".

If you want a closer look at the planet, NASA's Juno spacecraft is now orbiting Jupiter and sending back some unbelievable images, the agency said. Try facing southeast around 11:30 p.m. for the best view.

Resnick suggests using a smartphone app like Sky Guide to track Jupiter's progress across the night sky and pinpoint the best time to take out your binoculars.

And if you can get to a dark-sky location, away from light pollution, even better. Waiting will also provide you with a darker sky.

Don't worry if the weather is too cloudy or rainy to skywatch on Monday. However, it is in a prime position at the moment, and hence the month of June has been earmarked for optimum viewing.

Between June 14 and 19, Jupiter will be at the center of another celestial event.

While all four moons are often visible, one might sometimes either be in front or behind Jupiter. Instead, the moon's orbit is slightly tilted, making the astronomical body align with the sun and Earth-creating conditions for a lunar or solar eclipse-just a few times a year rather than on a regular basis.

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