Jupiter is the bright “star” in the southern sky during the early evening hours this month. On June 3, the waning gibbous moon appears about 2 degrees to the upper left of the giant planet. Spica appears 11 degrees to the lower left of Jupiter. The constellation Corvus the Crow is nearby.
Jupiter ends its retrograde motion on June 8th and begins to move eastward again as compared to the sidereal background. It slowly appears to move toward Spica, passing on September 5.
For more information about sky watching events:
- 2017, August 21: Chicago’s View of the Great American Solar Eclipse
- 2017 Evening Planets
- 2017 Morning Planets
- Venus as a Morning Star, 2017
- Chart and Image Collection
- Jupiter’s Year with Spica: A Triple Conjunction