Stargazers looking to the sky Monday night will be able to clearly spot Jupiter as it reaches its closest point to Earth in 59 years.
In fact, NASA says the gas giant’s banding and several of its moons should be visible with a good pair of binoculars. Stargazers: Jupiter will make its closest approach to Earth in 59 years!
Weather-permitting, expect excellent views on Sept. 26. A good pair of binoculars should be enough to catch some details; you’ll need a large telescope to see the Great Red Spot.
https://t.co/qD5OiZX6ld pic.twitter.com/AMFYmC9NET — NASA (@NASA) <a href=«https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1573423524873658372?ref_src=» https:>September 23, 2022 The giant planet will become visible when it reaches opposition, meaning it will rise in the east as the sun sets in the west — a phenomenon that happens every 13 months and typically makes objects in the sky appear brighter and closer than normal. “Jupiter’s closest approach to Earth rarely coincides with opposition,” NASA said, “which means this year’s views will be extraordinary.” Read more: Jupiter bulked up by cannibalizing baby planets, scientists find “Outside of the Moon, it should be one of the brightest objects in the night sky,” NASA astrophysicist Adam Kobelski explained in a blog post.