The early evening skies of May have something in store for the sky onlookers.
Every early evening the two robust planets of our Solar System are observed to be marking their presence from two different ends in the sky.
It is believed that our Earth laps the Jupiter in the race of the orbits on the 8th and 9th day of May. The event of Earth lapping the Jupiter is known as the Opposition. Owing to this orbital event of Opposition, the Jupiter is placed in the direction opposite to the sun’s direction in the sky.
The 10th of May is the day when the Blue Planet and the Venus have their closest approach. During their closest approach, the Earth is at a distance of about 409 million miles from the Venus.
The event of the closest approach succeeds the fact of opposition. It happens so because, during this time, the Earth moves farther from the Sun. On the other hand, the Venus moves towards the sun. However, the difference seems to be negligible. The orbit of the Venus is very far beyond that of the Earth that the distance is infinitesimal when observed from the Earth’s surface.
A pair of binoculars can help you to identify four bright spots on Jupiter’s either sides. These are the most significant moons of the Jupiter. The Jupiter’s largest moons are known as the Galilean Moons named after its discoverer Galileo. It was in January 1610, when Galileo discovered them.
During the second week of May, both the planets Jupiter and the Venus will face each other. At this time, they will be at a considerable height, which will nullify the unwanted interference of the moon.