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Wow! Jupiter at its closest to Earth in 70 years! To watch it, know when and where

Jupiter will be closest to Earth on September 26. This will be the closest to Earth in the last 70 years. You can view it through binoculars.

Jupiter will be closest to Earth on September 26. This will be the closest approach in 70 years. The huge gas giant is all set to reach what astronomers call opposition on September 26, ie the planet will be about opposite the sun in the sky ahead of us. And that’s why it has become increasingly visible in the east shortly after the sun sets opposite it in the west, NASA revealed. This means that we are about to pass Jupiter, from the closest point in the last 70 years.

According to NASA, orbits are not perfectly circular and therefore the distance between two planets can vary from opposition to opposition , for example an opposition to Jupiter occurs about every 13 months, but this time it will get very close. And the best part is that you can grab the chance of a lifetime to get a good look at Jupiter. Adam Kobelski, a research astrophysicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He said, “With good binoculars, the bands (at least the central band) and three or four of the Galilean satellites (moons) should be visible.”

He recommended a larger telescope, a four-inch or larger telescope and some filters in the green to blue range to see Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and bands in more detail. According to Kobelski, the best viewing location is at high altitudes in a dark and dry environment. Jupiter will be nearly 365 million miles from Earth at its closest approach. The giant planet is nearly 600 million miles from Earth at its furthest point.

Last month, NASA’s JWST captured an image of glowing Jupiter in its infrared gaze. The black and white image shows Jupiter glowing in the dark, highlighting its Red Spot in bright white. According to Scitechdaily.com, the raw image was captured using the telescope’s Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) instrument. Jupiter’s rings stand out in the long-wavelength NIRcam filter image. It shows several bands surrounding the planet, as well as the Great Red Spot, and a storm big enough to engulf the Earth.

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