When to watch Jupiter as it makes its closest approach to Earth since 1963
Jupiter will make its closest approach to Earth in 59 years on Monday, September 26, according to NASA.
The largest planet in our solar system, the gas giant will be at opposition, meaning Earth is directly between it and the sun,
said Trina L. Ray, deputy science manager for the Europa Clipper mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
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Fill in some textThe space agency originally said Jupiter would be making its closest approach to Earth in 70 years, but corrected its statement after discovering the error, a NASA spokesperson said.
How to watch
Jupiter will appear brighter and bigger in the sky, making the event a great opportunity to catch a glimpse, NASA said.
The gaseous planet will rise around sunset and look pearly white to the naked eye, said Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy at Rice University in Houston.
With a pair of binoculars or a telescope, you will be able to see the planet’s bands, according to NASA.
Stargazers may also be able to see three or four of Jupiter’s moons, including Europa, Ray said.