Rising Jove

Jupiter is spectacular this year, and it’s rising early enough that I see it during my post-work walks. It’s rising around 10:20 P.M. EDT in my area, a light in the east so brilliant I thought the first time I saw it it was a jet. It rises two hours earlier each month, so by October you bizarre people who retire at 9 P.M. and arise in the middle of the night will be able to appreciate Jove in all its glory.
Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, is named for the Roman supreme god, called Zeus in Greek mythology, son of Saturn, or Kronos, and Ops, or Rhea. Jupiter, says “Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable,” was the special protector of Rome and presided over the Roman games. “He determined the course of human affairs and made known the future through signs in the heavens, the flight of birds, etc.,” says Brewer’s.

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