Our winter stargazing is truly spectacular, particularly after mid-winter and the solstice. Scorpio is rising, Orion is setting in the south and the magnificent milky way is almost on the meridian.
With Scorpio stretched across the southern sky, the red giant Antares is easily
Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system is 11 times the size of Earth but nowhere near as dense. In “brightness” or magnitude, it scores -2.6! Second only to Sirius, our brightest star at -1.46. (Our sun not counting). Jupiter has massive storms and swirling clouds that make it fascinating to view through binoculars. One might even see a couple of the four moons that orbit Jupiter.