Jupiter’s Great Opposition in September will be the first in 12 years

(ORDO NEWS) — Jupiter will line up with the Earth and the Sun on September 26 and at that moment will be close to the point of its orbit closest to the Sun.

This combination of events is called the great opposition of Jupiter, which occurs about once every 12 years.

The peculiarity of the great opposition is that at this moment Jupiter approaches the minimum distance to the Earth (3.95 astronomical units).

“Great oppositions happen quite rarely. For Jupiter, they occur once every about 12 years. September 26, 2022, Jupiter will be at the point of great opposition with the Sun.

Its angular diameter will increase by 2% and reach 50 arc seconds, and the brightness is almost minus 3 magnitudes (-2.9m), which makes it the third brightest object in the night sky after the Moon and Venus,” the planetarium told TASS.

Jupiter will be located in the constellation Pisces near the celestial equator and for the first time in several years will rise high enough above the horizon in northern latitudes.

“Jupiter passed the perihelion point for the last time on March 18, 2011.

The opposition of Jupiter closest to this date occurred on September 21, 2010. The next time Jupiter’s great opposition is predicted is October 1, 2034,” the astronomers specified.


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