This month will give us another reason to look up at the night sky. We can add the Jupiter triangle on the list of astronomical events we shouldn’t miss. The giant of the Solar System will meet two bright stars, and they will all arrange in a beautiful triangle-shaped formation.
As long as you take care to stay away from light pollution, you will be able to see this beautiful formation with the naked eye.
The Jupiter Triangle or the Gas Giant and Its Two Bright Stars Companions
If you’re on the look for rare astronomical events this month, you will definitely see the Jupiter triangle. The planet will be followed by the Hilda group that contains two bright stars, Spica and Arcturus. These stars will perform orbit-shaped movements around Jupiter until they create the triangle formation.
The good news is you can’t really miss this formation on the sky. These two stars will perform their dance around the planet for an extended period of time, and the Jupiter triangle will stay visible up until September. Although Spica and Arcturus are bright stars, the brightest of all is actually our gas giant.
The Formation to Remain Visible Until September
The stars will perform several orbiting movements around Jupiter. Once every three completed orbits, they will form the triangle around Jupiter, painting a beautiful image on the night sky. Look for the Jupiter triangle in the eastern and southeastern side of the sky, anytime after 11 p.m.
Fortunately, all the cosmic bodies that make up the Jupiter triangle are extremely bright. This means you won’t need any binoculars or other specialized equipment to peek at the astronomical formation.
However, this doesn’t mean you’ll always see it. Those who live in areas affected by light pollution will likely find it hard to discern any kind of stars in the night sky.
Pay attention to the weather as well. If it’s rainy or extremely cloudy, you won’t be able to see the Jupiter triangle either. However, you’ll get plenty of occasions to spot the formation and enjoy its breathtaking beauty.
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