Jupiter is impressively bright in the night sky

We’re used to seeing aircraft and helicopter lights in the sky. Looking out at the sky this evening – at 9.0 pm April 8th – there was one bright light I didn’t recognise. I realised that it should be a planet. Not Mars, as I know that is smaller. So what planet.

Turning to ubiquitous internet, I learned that it was the planet Jupiter. I tried to hold my binoculars steadily. Not steadily enough to see the Jovian rings and the red spot. See more about the April night sky at the Guardian.

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