to consult! Thursday Monday will get closer to Earth in 59 years for “extraordinary” views.

Star watchers, look up! Jupiter will get closer to Earth in 59 years on Monday for “extraordinary” views, even though it is 367 million miles away

  • Jupiter will reach its closest approach to Earth since 1963 on Monday night
  • The planet will be 367 million miles from us at the closest point
  • The giant planet will rise in the east as the sun sets in the west, placing Jupiter and the sun on opposite sides of the Earth
  • “With good binoculars, the bands (at least the middle band) and three or four Galilean satellites (moons) should be visible,” says a NASA scientist.

Astronomers expect a real surprise when Jupiter reaches its closest approach to Earth since 1963 on Monday evening.

The giant planet, which will be 367 million miles from us at the closest point, will join its opposition next week. This simply means that the planet will rise in the east as the sun sets in the west, putting Jupiter and the sun on opposite sides of the Earth.

The huge planet is about 600 million miles away from Earth at its furthest point. Although Jupiter’s opposition occurs every 13 months, this one is unique.

Stargazers is ready for a show when Jupiter reaches its closest approach to Earth since 1963 on Monday night. Above: This photo of Jupiter, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope on June 27, 2019, shows the Great Red Spot, an Earth-sized storm that has been raging for hundreds of years

This is because the Earth and Jupiter do not orbit the Sun in perfect circles, which means they cross at different distances throughout the year.

Jupiter’s closest approach to Earth almost never coincides with the opposition, which means this year’s views will be “extraordinary,” according to NASA.

Although Jupiter is one of the few planets that can be seen with the naked eye, NASA still recommends using some kind of tool.

“With good binoculars, the bands (at least the middle band) and three or four Galilean satellites (moons) should be visible,” said Adam Kobelski, a research astrophysicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. in a statement.

The giant planet, which will be 367 million miles from us at the closest point, will join its opposition next week.  NASA recommends binoculars or a 4-inch telescope for the best views

The giant planet, which will be 367 million miles from us at the closest point, will join its opposition next week. NASA recommends binoculars or a 4-inch telescope for the best views

'The views should be great for a few days before and after September 20th.  26

‘The views should be great for a few days before and after September 20th. 26, “Kobelski explained. ‘So take advantage of the good weather on either side of this date to take in the view. Outside of the Moon, it should be one of (if not the) brightest objects in the night sky.’ Above: When the moon rose over the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City on February 2, 27, 2019, the planet Jupiter could be seen, along with three of its largest moons

“It is important to remember that Galileo observed these moons with 17th century optics. One of the key needs will be stable support for whatever system you use. ‘

A 4-inch or larger telescope would allow observers to see the Great Red Spot and Jupiter’s bands in more detail.

Kobelski said an ideal vantage point would be at a high altitude in a dark, dry area.

‘The views should be great for a few days before and after September 20th. 26, “Kobelski explained. ‘So take advantage of the good weather on either side of this date to take in the view. Outside of the Moon, it should be one of (if not the) brightest objects in the night sky.’

The US space agency notes that Jupiter has no fewer than 53 named moons, out of 79 believed to have been detected in total, including the four largest: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has been in orbit around Jupiter for six years, providing scientists with images and data of the giant planet’s atmosphere, structures and magnetic field ever since.

Juno’s mission was recently extended to 2025 or the spacecraft’s end of life.

The Europa Clipper, a spacecraft that will explore Jupiter’s moon, known for its frozen shell and vast ocean, will launch in October 2024 and arrive on Jupiter in April 2030.

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