How to see the 'Jupiter Triangle' in night sky
The 'Jupiter triangle' will be visible until September, when Spica disappears into the sunset. Jupiter will do the same in early November. The gas giant will not reappear in this part of the sky until 2030.
SPACE — In April, Jupiter will form a special triangle with two bright stars in the night sky, and it will be visible with the naked eye if you know where to look.
Writing in Space.com, Hayden Planetarium astronomy lecturer Joe Rao calls it the "Jupiter Triangle."
Jupiter forms a triangle with two bright stars that can be seen this month in the night sky starting around 11 p.m.
Face east-southeast and you will see a roughly isosceles triangle comprised of the star Arcturus and the binary system Spica, with Jupiter forming the brightest of the three points.
The Arcturus-Jupiter and Arcturus-Spica sides of the triangle measure about 38 degrees in length, while the Jupiter-Spica side is about 30 degrees long.
The triangle will narrow in shape throughout the month, as Jupiter moves in the night sky towards Spica.
The triangle will be visible until September, when Spica disappears into the sunset. Jupiter will do the same in early November. The gas giant will not reappear in this part of the sky until 2030.
If light pollution prevents you from seeing the Jupiter Triangle, there is a long, narrow triangle currently visible high in the western sky during the evening, in the constellation of Gemini, the Twins.
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