Jupiter Sighted UK: See its closest approach to Earth in 59 years

Jupiter will make its closest approach to Earth tonight in the past 59 years stargazer get their money’s worth.

NASA has predicted stunning views of the solar system’s largest and oldest planet when it reaches opposition on Monday, September 26th.

The gas giant will rise in the east as the sun sets in the west, taking them to opposite sides of the earth.

Here’s everything you need to know about Jupiter in opposition and how to increase your chances of seeing the spectacle.


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Stargazers can see Jupiter at its best as it approaches its closest point since 1963 on Monday evening.

Jupiter’s opposition occurs every 13 months, but the planets’ orbits are not perfect circles.

Planets can pass each other at different distances, and this opposition will bring Jupiter to its closest distance to Earth in nearly six decades.

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The fifth planet from the Sun will be only 367 million miles away, which may still sound like quite a distance.

However, its distance from Earth at its furthest can range up to a staggering 600 million miles.

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How to see Jupiter in opposition as it makes its closest approach to Earth in 59 years

NASA experts have suggested that the key to viewing the celestial spectacle is to choose a high, dark, and dry location for stargazing.

You should then be able to look towards the eastern horizon around sunset and see it with the naked eye.

Next to the moon, Jupiter should be the brightest object in the sky.

research astrophysicist NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Adam Kobelski, said: “With good binoculars, the bands (at least the central band) and three or four of the Galilean satellites (moons) should be visible.

“It is important to remember that Galileo observed these moons with 17th-century optics. One of the most important requirements will be a stable mount for whatever system you use.”

Kobelski also recommends a larger telescope to see Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and its bands in more detail.

He adds that a 4-inch or larger telescope with some green to blue filters will improve the visibility of these features.

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