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Jupiter will be featured in the sky tonight; know how to observe

Planet is in opposition to the Sun, the point of its orbit where it looks brighter to us

Jupiter will be the highlight in the sky on Tuesday night (14). The planet will be in opposition to the Sun, which means that it is at the point of its trajectory where it appears most brilliant to us. The phenomenon will gain a “strength” because Jupiter is also at the perigee, that is, the point of its orbit where it is closest to Earth.


The planet can be easily seen with the naked eye. It looks like a bright star and will appear on the horizon, close to the East, starting at 6 pm and reaches its highest point in the sky at 12:18 am on the 15th, when you should look for it to the south.

These instructions consider an observer in Brasilia, and may vary slightly according to your position in the country. In São Paulo, for example, the planet will be visible between 6:06 pm and 6:16 am, and at the highest point in the sky it will be northwest.

Using the online planetarium on The Sky website you can consult a representation of the sky anywhere on the planet, on the date and time you want. A search field allows you to search for planets, comets, stars and other celestial bodies on the specified date.

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How to orient yourself

In order to facilitate orientation and to know in which direction to look, it is important to identify the main cardinal points. To do this, you can use an old trick or an app on your phone.

The old trick is based on a phrase you must have learned at school: “the sun rises in the east and sets in the west”. Stand and stretch your arms, with your right pointing towards the east, and your left towards the west. Then you will have the east on the right, the north on the front, the west on the left and the south behind you.

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As for the app, there are numerous options. Who uses an iPhone does not need an extra app, just use the “Compass”, which is part of iOS. For Android, my recommendation is PixelProse SARL’s “Just a compass”, which is beautiful, simple, free and, most importantly, ad-free.

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