Jupiter will be 367 million miles from Earth on Sunday, its closest approach in 59 years. Let’s see when Jupiter is close to the earth, and what time is it happened.
When Jupiter close to earth?
This Monday, the gas giant Jupiter will pass the closest to Earth in 59 years, which will be especially noticeable since it coincides with another event known as opposition.
When a planet is in opposition, it is on the opposite side of Earth from the sun so that you could draw a straight line from the sun to Earth to Jupiter and everything would be in alignment. Every 13 months, Jupiter opposes the Sun. When the sun sets in the west, Jupiter rises in the east, which is precisely the opposite. Planets appear at their most extensive and brightest during opposition.
What time is it happening?
Separately, Jupiter is approaching Earth at its closest point since 1963. Because of their different orbits around the sun, Earth and Jupiter do not pass each other at the same distance every time. Jupiter will be 367 million miles from Earth when it comes closest to Earth on Monday, according to NASA. It is 600 million miles away at its furthest point.
As a result of both, the views may be slightly better than usual.
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“Jupiter is so bright and spectacular that you can see it even in the heart of a bright metropolis,” says Alphonse Sterling, a NASA astrophysicist at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
“So, I’d say it’s something to take advantage of and consider no matter where you are.”
He points out that Jupiter is always visible in the night sky as long as it is not too close to the sun, and that a casual observer might not detect any difference in size.
Sterling claims he was able to glimpse Jupiter’s largest moons a few days ago with only a pair of 7×50 binoculars (7 times magnification with a 50 mm objective lens).
What are Jupiter’s satellites?
The four moons known as Jupiter’s Galilean satellites are Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. Galileo Galilei, who discovered them almost 400 years ago, is credited with coining the phrase.
If you don’t have a telescope, you’ll need a solid way to hold binoculars to get a nice view. Sterling claims he jumped from a cliff.
“I could definitely see the moons,” he adds, “out to the side of Jupiter looking like small stars.” “That’s a fun thing to do. And that’s a lot easier to do today than it would be if Jupiter were at its furthest point.”
The Galilean satellites are among the 53 named moons of Jupiter, while astronomers have discovered a total of 79.
What time next it will happened?
NASA published new photographs of Jupiter and its moons taken by the James Webb Space Telescope about a month ago. Furthermore, since it began orbiting Jupiter six years ago, NASA’s Juno mission has provided fantastic photographs.
Jupiter will be thus near to Earth again in 2129.
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