Jupiter’s great opposition. It is worth looking at the sky

Soon we will be able to see the great opposition of Jupiter, which means that the largest planet in the solar system will be brighter and more visible than usual. Additionally, the last time Jupiter was so close to our planet was 59 years ago. We advise what time and how to watch this unique spectacle.

On Monday, September 26 at around 20:10 CET Jupiter will be in great opposition to the Sun. This means an alignment where the Earth is exactly between the Sun and another planet, in this case Jupiter. Additionally, the opposing upper planet is close to perihelion of its orbit. This means that it is closer than usual to the Earth. In this case, it will be approximately 591.30 million kilometers.

Jupiter’s great opposition

Jupiter’s opposition occurs every 13 months, but great opposition happens much less frequently. The biggest planet for the last time Solar system it was so close to our planet nearly 60 years ago, in 1963. Another such close approach will take place only 12 years from now – October 2, 2034, and another – October 7, 2046. It is worth noting, however, that the planet will be a bit further away from Earth than Monday evening. In 2034, the distance between the planets will be 591.37 million kilometers, and in 2046 – 591.55 million kilometers.

In favorable weather conditions, Jupiter’s great opposition should be visible to the naked eye. The planet will be in the constellation Pisces, so look eastward. On this day, it will be one of the brightest objects in the night sky (after the Moon and Venus), so finding it should not be difficult.

According to NASA experts, including Adam Kobelski, an astrophysicist from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, using good binoculars, you will be able to see at least the central band of Jupiter, as well as three or four Galilean moons and The Great Red Spot.

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Karolina Modzelewska, journalist of Wirtualna Polska

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