Jupiter Will Be At Its Closest Distance From Earth Since 1963 – How to Spot It in the Night Sky

Jupiter Will Be At Its Closest Distance From Earth Since 1963 – How to Spot It in the Night Sky
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Jupiter will soon be predominant in the night sky, which means that you should definitely prepare your binoculars or a telescope if you’re a stargazer! Regardless of the position you choose, if you turn turtle or not, or even if you don’t use any binoculars ora a telescope, you’ll still get to admire Jupiter with the naked eye!

Of course, don’t expect to see the gas giant’s Great Red Spot as well when you’ll be looking at the sky. The planet will only appear as a bright dot, but it shall be brighter than the majority of the other ones from the sky. 

On Sunday, Jupiter will make its closest approach to Earth since 1963

Jupiter is already shining powerful in the eastern sky area, and it will become even more predominant – brighter than it ever was since 1963, according to Space.com.

There is a simple explanation for Jupiter’s long-awaited dominance in the night sky: the biggest planet in the Solar System is approaching perihelion, meaning at the shortest distance from the Sun.

The big event of Jupiter’s biggest approach to Earth since 1963 (that’s over half a century!) is scheduled for tomorrow, September 25. Jupiter will be located ‘only’ 591,168,168 km away from Earth. 

Even nowadays, astronomers still have a lot of work to do to study Jupiter in more detail. For instance, the ‘Cyclones on Jupiter Resembling Polygons Have Astronomers Looking for Answers‘ article that was posted yesterday spoke about the unusual storms occurring on the gas giant and how they have astronomers puzzled, as nobody can provide an irrefutable explanation so far. 

Jupiter is significantly bigger than any other planet in the Solar System, as you would immediately notice the difference if you see the planets standing one next to another. Jupiter is so large that 1,300 planets the size of Earth would fit inside of it.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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