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After 59 years, Jupiter is at its closest point to Earth

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Thursday Earth and many times side by side. Natural events that have just taken place show Jupiter’s closest approach to Earth after 59 years.

NPR reported that Jupiter passed close to Earth on Monday (9/26). This event also coincided with an event known as opposition.

The position of Jupiter, Earth and Sun are straight and parallel. Jupiter’s opposition occurs every 13 months, but the distance is not always close to Earth.

As seen from Earth, when the sun sets in the west, Jupiter rises in the east. During opposition, the planet will appear at its largest and brightest size.

The incident happened after 59 years

Thursday Near Earth in 1963 or about 59 years ago. This event happened again in 2022 and is a rare occurrence. The orbits of Earth and Jupiter with respect to the Sun are different, so the two planets do not pass each other the same distance each time.

At the closest distance between Jupiter and Earth, Jupiter is approximately 367 million miles from Earth, according to NASA. The farthest distance is about 600 million miles.

When Jupiter is at its closest point, Jupiter appears clearer and brighter.

“Jupiter looks so bright and brilliant that it’s a beautiful sight. Even in a city, in the middle of a bright city, you can see it,” said Alphonse Stirling, a NASA astronomer at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Huntsville, Alabama.

Also, Stirling added, the phenomenon can be seen anywhere. Even with the naked eye without the aid of binoculars.

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4 moons of Jupiter can be seen

Another phenomenon is the sighting of four moons or satellites Thursday On the one hand, namely Io, Europa, Callisto and Ganymede.

Sterling said he was able to see Jupiter’s largest moon a few days ago with a pair of 7×50 binoculars (7x magnification with a 50mm objective lens).

The four moons of Jupiter, Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto are the four moons known as the Galilean moons of Jupiter. The term comes from Galileo Galilei who discovered it over 400 years ago.

This view is clearly visible with the help of binoculars.

The Galilean moons are among Jupiter’s 53 named moons, although scientists have discovered dozens of other moons totaling 79.

Jupiter’s closest approach to Earth is predicted to occur again in 2129. This means that it will take up to 107 years for Earth and Jupiter to come closer.

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