Weather Talk: Look for Jupiter in the night sky
On the next clear night, look for the planet Jupiter. It will be the brightest thing in the night sky other than the moon.
Jupiter is presently in opposition to the sun, meaning the sun and Jupiter are opposite each other with respect to Earth. The actual moment of opposition was Tuesday, May 8.
This month, Jupiter rises in the east shortly after sunset and traces a path across the southern sky approximately following the same path taken by the sun earlier in the day. A small telescope or a good set of binoculars will reveal three or four of Jupiter's own moons, first observed by Galileo with his new telescope in 1609.
Galileo's meticulous observations of these moon's led him to conclude they were, in fact, revolving around Jupiter, which caused some commotion in the philosophical world by confirming the idea that not everything revolves around Earth.