A sentinel in the autumnal sky, Jupiter marks its closest opposition since 1963


I have been keeping an eye on Jupiter for the past few days, how can you not? It’s the brightest object in the night sky. Every time I am out walking my dogs early in the morning or late at night I am amazed at how beautiful it looks. This coming Monday it will be the closest it’s been to Earth in 59 years!

Jupiter reaches opposition on September 26th just 591 million kilometers (367 million miles) from Earth, the closest they’ll pair for the year. Opposition distances vary depending on where the planet happens to be in its orbit when opposition comes around. The closer perihelion and opposition dates align, the closer the two planets will draw together and the brighter and larger the gas giant will shine.

via Sky&Telescope

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