Jupiter will approach Earth at its closest point in 59 years next Monday

Jupiter will reach its closest point to Earth since 1963 next Monday evening, which will be 367 million miles away from us at its closest point, which simply means that the planet will rise from the east as the sun sets in the west, placing Jupiter and the sun on both sides of the Earth opposites.

According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, the huge planet is about 600 million miles from Earth at its farthest point, and although the opposition of Jupiter occurs every 13 months, it is unique.

It is also because Earth and Jupiter do not orbit the sun in perfect circles, which means that they pass each other at different distances throughout the year.

Although Jupiter is one of the few planets that can be seen with the naked eye, NASA still recommends the use of some kind of instrument.

“It’s important to remember that Galileo observed these moons using 17th-century optics, and one of the primary needs will be stable stabilization for whatever system you’re using,” Adam Kobelsky, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, said in a statement.

A 4-inch or larger telescope will allow observers to see Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, and the US space agency notes that Jupiter has at least 53 identified moons, out of the 79 moons believed to have been discovered in total, including the four largest: Io and Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

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