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By Jupiter! Ideal conditions in Sussex for planet spotting say astronomers
Updated 7:11pm Sunday 2nd March 2014 in News
Look up at the sky on a clear night and you may be lucky enough to spot the largest planet in our solar system.
Viewing conditions for Jupiter are described by astronomers as “ideal” in Sussex over the next few weeks.
To celebrate, Foredown Tower Astronomers will have telescopes in the grounds of the Emmaus centre in Drove Road, Portslade, to show the public what all the fuss is about.
Galileo first spotted Jupiter's moons in 1610. Jupiter itself can be seen high in the sky between the constellations of Orion, familiarly recognised by spotting Orion’s Belt, and Gemini.
George Hurrion, of Foredown Tower Astronomers, said: “It’s almost directly overhead and the brightest thing you can see.
“If it’s clear you might be able to see some of its moons and the belt that goes round it.”
Anyone interested in viewing Jupiter can do so on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 7pm to 9pm each evening.
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