|Hubble Image April 2017|
|Intricate Details on Jupiter|
NASA recently pointed the Hubble Space Telescope at Jupiter as part of its ongoing planetary exploration looking at not only the planet but its moons, each of which has an interesting geological history and aids in understanding the formation of the Solar System. This short video on HubbleSite provides further details on their work.
Jupiter is presently in the constellation Virgo just above the bright star Spica and slowly moving retrograde toward Porrima in the coming two months. Given the relative orbital speeds of the Earth and Jupiter, we see Jupiter in a different sign of the Zodiac each opposition; approximately every 12 months Jupiter has moved to the next sign. That means in a year Jupiter will be found in the constellation Libra, and a year later in Scorpius.
Images courtesy NASA and Sky & Telescope.