Gemini and Jupiter - 1

During the winter of 2013/14, the planet Jupiter is visible as a brilliant white star in the constellation Gemini. Over the course of several months, Jupiter' position slowly changes against the background stars of Gemini.

The image above shows Jupiter in Gemini a three weeks after the giant postion reached opposition on January 05. To the left of Jupiter are the stars the Castor and Pollux.

Jupiter's distance is currently 4.30217 AU from Earth and 5.20252 AU from the Sun. Since Jupiter is at opposition, it appears opposite from the Sun in the sky and it rises at sunset. Jupiter is visible all night long but it is highest in the sky at midnight. The 2014 Ephemeris for Jupiter gives the celestial coordinates and distance of Jupiter for every day throughout 2014.

Gemini is a Zodiacal constellation otherwise known as the Twins. It is one of the 48 Greek constellations originally described by the 2nd century astronomer Claudius Ptolemy (Wikipedia). Gemini remains one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union (Wikipedia).

For an almanac of other interesting sky happenings for each year, see Calendar of Astronomical Events.

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