Jupiter is closer to Earth for 60 years: how to observe “the planet of the winds” this weekend?

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On Monday, September 26, the largest planet in the solar system will be closest to Earth. A fact that has not happened since 1663 according to NASA.

Notice to fans and enthusiasts of astronomy, the nicknamed “the planet of the winds” will pass this Sunday, September 25, just 590 million kilometers from Earth. Its closest point to Earth since 1963, according to a NASA statement. The next day, on the night of September 26, future sciences reports that Jupiter will be aligned with our blue planet and the sun, in opposition.

Stargazers: Jupiter will make its closest approach to Earth in 59 years! Weather permitting, expect great views on September 26. A good pair of binoculars should be enough to pick up some details; you will need a large telescope to see the Great Red Spot. https://t.co/qD5OiZX6ld pic.twitter.com/AMFYmC9NET

—NASA (@NASA) September 23, 2022

Escape from light pollution

To observe the gaseous planet, it is best to go to places “without light pollution and ideally at high altitudes”, the magazine specifies. GEO. It will be possible to see it with the naked eye as long as you have a telescope, a spyglass or good binoculars. Thus equipped, you will be able to contemplate the four largest moons of the giant planet: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. “Galileo observed these moons with 17th-century optics,” says Adam Kobelski, a NASA research astrophysicist in Alabama, in a note on the space agency’s blog.

The planet Jupiter had been observed at the end of August by the James Webb telescope, whose images have been made public on the NASA website.

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