Jupiter to reach opposition, be closest it’s been to Earth since 1963


This striking view of Jupiter's Great Red Spot and turbulent southern hemisphere was captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft as it performed a close pass of the gas giant planet.

Dust off these binoculars and pray for clear skies.

On Monday, Jupiter, the biggest planet in our photo voltaic system, would be the closest its been to Earth since 1963.

At its closest strategy, Jupiter might be roughly 367 million miles away from Earth, about the identical distance it was 59 years in the past, in keeping with a National Aeronautics and Space Administration weblog. The gasoline big is roughly 600 million miles away from Earth at its farthest level.

But that is not all.

The planet’s closest strategy within the final six a long time will happen on the similar time Earth might be between Jupiter and the solar, referred to as opposition within the parlance of astronomers.

Jupiter’s opposition, which happens each 13 months, makes the planet seem bigger and brighter than some other time of yr, in keeping with NASA. And as a result of Jupiter’s closest strategy to Earth hardly ever coincides with opposition, this yr’s views are presupposed to be extraordinary.

New image of planet Jupiter from the James Webb Space Telescope.

Will Jupiter be seen from central Ohio on Monday?

But how seen will all this be from central Ohio?

Well, as of early Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service was predicting that Monday evening in Greater Columbus could be partly cloudy, with a low round 49. So it would take a little bit luck.

Tips for getting one of the best views of Jupiter

If the climate cooperates, there are some easy ideas you possibly can take to enhance your view.

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