Sun. Sep 25th, 2022

Stargazers across the globe will get a great view of Jupiter come Monday night, weather permitting.

The solar system’s largest planet will be unusually close to the Earth on Sept. 26, astronomers said. It marks the first time Jupiter has been this close to earth in 59 years, according to NASA.

The Gas Giant will reach opposition that night when it will rise in the east as the Sun sets in the west, placing the planet and the sun on opposite sides of the earth. The dynamic, NASA scientists say, makes for a rare and extraordinary viewing of the giant planet. 

Jupiter’s opposition occurs every 13 months, making the planet appear larger and brighter than any other time of the year, according to NASA.

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At its closest approach, scientists say, Jupiter will be approximately 367 million miles in distance from Earth, about the same distance it was in 1963.

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