A few pointers:
- All planets visible to the unaided eye look like stars. Planets visible to the unaided eye include Mercury, Venus, Earth (look down!), Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
- In a telescope, Uranus and Neptune are visible as tiny discs. The minor planet Pluto remains looking like a star in even the largest amateur telescope.
- Stars are shown to magnitude 5 on the charts unless otherwise noted. This is a compromise between what you would see from the light polluted skies of a city (where you will see significantly less stars) and dark country skies (where you will see significantly more stars).
- Unless otherwise noted, the finder charts are provided for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The charts will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia.
- Times are listed in Australian Eastern Standard Time and Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time when in force. As a guide, in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory in 2016, Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday 3 April and begins on Sunday 2 October 2016.
4 July 2016 (U.S. Pacific Time) – NASA Juno probe arrives at Jupiter
NASA’s Juno mission will arrive at Jupiter on 4 July 2016 (U.S. Pacific Time). Assuming the probe successfully goes into orbit around Jupiter, we will be treated to some spectacular images of Jupiter and its moons before radiation destroys the camera (expected around orbit 8).
9 July 2016 – Moon and Jupiter finder chart – Afternoon day sky
9 July 2016 – Moon and Jupiter finder chart – Early evening sky
9 July 2016 – Jupiter and Galilean Moons finder chart – Early evening sky