Published on April 20th, 2012 | by James Johnson0
Last Chance To See Jupiter Is This Sunday
If you have been following the path of Jupiter during its year-long show and you want to see the planet make its big exist your last chance to see the planet will be this Sunday evening (April 22) when the planet will make its final rendezvous with a thinning crescent moon.
The moon will be so thin that it may be hard to detect in the sun’s afterglow and Jupiter will be at its lowest point, just 3 degrees directly below the lunar sliver. Putting that size differential in perspective, a closed fist held at arm’s length is nearly 10 degrees across.
When Jupiter makes its final curtain call the moon will be just 36 hours past its new phase and therefore be just 2 percent illuminated.
If you want to catch the display the moon and Jupiter will be setting 1 1/2 hours after the Sunday sunset.
Will you be going outside to catch Jupiter’s final display of the year?