If you’ve ever sketched a solar prominence or tackled the lunar terminator, you’ve gotten a taste of drawing fast-moving scenes with little time to spare. Jupiter falls into this category.
With a rotation rate of nine hours and 55 minutes, the giant planet’s features appear quickly and disappear just as fast. This month, Jupiter makes a great target because it reached opposition (when it lay across the sky from the Sun as seen from Earth) January 5. That means this month, it rises before sunset and is high in the sky during the more convenient evening hours.
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