Stargazers will enjoy the spectacular show put on by the planet Jupiter this summer, and this month in particular. The solar system's largest planet is in relatively close proximity to Earth this month and is in excellent viewing position. Other than the moon, Jupiter is the brightest object in the night sky. It rises in the southeastern sky at dusk and moves across the southern sky throughout the night.
It is breathtaking with the naked eye, but a pair of good binoculars or a telescope will easily reveal four of Jupiter's 79 known moons orbiting the giant planet. Note the positions of the moons one night and then the next night to see how they change positions. The moons are called Io, Europa, Callisto and Ganymede.