This Week’s Night Sky: Hunt for Jupiter’s Great Red Spot
Get out the backyard telescope to see the largest moon in the solar system glide across Jupiter, and look for the planet's enormous storm.
Between Aldebaran and the moon will be the V-shaped Hyades star cluster. At about 150 light-years away, the Hyades is one of the closest clusters to Earth.
Hyades marks the face of the Taurus bull, and though only a half-dozen or so of its stars are visible to the naked eye, the cluster actually is home to as many as 400 stars. All are thought to be the same age—about 625 million years—and were born from the same cloud.
That small circular shadow will be of the largest moon in the solar system: Jupiter’s moon Ganymede. It will be visible from 10:57 p.m. to 2:18 a.m. EST. Then the moon itself will make its trek in front of Jupiter from