59 years after it last came close to Earth, Jupiter is at its closest point to our planet tonight. What makes this event unmissable is the fact that it will not happen for another 107 years and, for most of us, we will not be able to see this unique planetary proximity again.
The largest planet in the solar system will be just 59 crore kilometers from Earth on Monday as it reaches planetary opposition to the Sun.
Jupiter’s opposition is a location in its orbit, when the planet is completely opposite the Sun, making it brighter than usual in the night sky.
Nasa said in a statement :
Adding that this happens because Earth and Jupiter do not orbit the Sun in perfect circles meaning the planets will pass each other at different distances throughout the year.
Jupiter will be at its perihelion, the point closest to Sun in its orbit.
When will Jupiter Appear in Sky?
According to the MP Birla Planetarium in Kolkata, Jupiter will appear bright with a 2.9 magnitude in the skies, giving it a much brighter and bigger appearance.
The planet, which has 53 moons, will be in the skies through the night. Jupiter at its closest to Earth will appear in the skies after 5:29 pm today and will be visible till 5:31 am on 27th September 2022.
Which Cities in India will Jupiter be Visible?
Jupiter will be visible throughout the country and people in almost every city will be able to see the bright object as it gets dark.
The planet hasn’t this close to Earth since 1963 and will not come closer till 2129.
How to watch when Jupiter will be Closest to Earth?
The largest planet will be visible to the naked eye, you can look at it using either binoculars or telescopes.
The viewing will be aided by the fact that with the new moon appearing on Sunday, the moon on Monday will be only 17% illuminated, adding to the clear visibility of Jupiter.
Try to find higher ground with open skies to watch Jupiter, and if you are watching using a telescope, make sure to have a stable mount.
And a 60-90 mm telescope will be just fine to see the planet, a larger one is recommended if you want to see the planet’s unique features like the Great Red Spot.