Earth and Jupiter will approach the minimum distance in 70 years : how and when to see the planet

(ORDO NEWS) — According to NASA, as early as September, the distance between us and Jupiter will decrease so much that the planet can be seen from Earth with ordinary binoculars. You can also consider its satellites and even rings.

On the night of September 26, Jupiter will be bigger and brighter than ever. The distance to the Earth on this day will be about 587 million kilometers. The longest possible distance is 966 million kilometers.

How to see Jupiter

  • Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the system.
  • The gas giant counted as many as 53 satellites.
  • The four largest – Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto – are called Galilean.
  • They will be visible through binoculars or a telescope and appear as bright spots on either side of Jupiter.

NASA says the ideal place to observe would be a site at high altitude with clear skies.

Good binoculars should show the bands (at least the central band) and three or four Galilean satellites.

It is important to remember that Galileo observed these satellites with 17th century optics.

One of the key needs will be a stable mount for whatever system you use, ” said Adam Kobelski, research astrophysicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Kobelski recommends a 4-inch telescope or larger to get a closer look at the Great Red Spot and Jupiter’s bands. Several filters ranging from green to blue will improve the picture.


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