Month: June 2019
A Warhol-like look at the Whirlpool, courtesy of Spitzer
SuperCam and robot arm installed on 2020 Mars rover
See ringed planet Saturn at its best in July 2019
Observers in Western Europe with a clear sky around local midnight cannot fail to notice the conspicuous ‘star’ that is Jupiter low in the south. But look a span-and-a-half of an outstretched hand at arm’s length to Jupiter’s left and you’ll find another giant of the solar system – Saturn. The ringed planet is closest to Earth for 2019 on 9 July, so here is our quick observing guide.
NASA gives go-ahead for flying drone to explore Saturn’s moon Titan
Further Jupiter events for UK observers in July 2019
July opens with Jupiter three weeks after opposition, but the largest planet is still putting on a fine show as an unmistakable magnitude -2.6 object low in the south before midnight in the constellation of Ophiuchus (the Serpent Bearer). With ongoing developments in the Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and plenty of phenomena occurring with the planet’s large Galilean moons, here’s our Jovian observing guide for July 2019.