How to observe Jupiter closest to Earth for 60 years this weekend?

Don’t miss this moment that hasn’t happened since 1963: Jupiter will be more visible than usual in the coming days. The last time the largest planet in the solar system was this close to Earth was fifty-nine years ago, reports Futura Sciences, Friday September 23, 2022. On Sunday September 25, it will be “only” 590 million kilometers from the blue planet, knowing that its furthest point is 960 million kilometers away. And the next day, Monday September 26 at night, it will be aligned with the Earth and the Sunin opposition.

To observe this gaseous titan and its four moons, Io, Europe, Ganymede and Callsito, it is best to go to places without light pollution and ideally at a high altitude. You can use binoculars or a telescope, advise our colleagues, even if Jupiter can be observed with the naked eye. It will then be possible to locate a particularly luminous point, or even a sphere and its moons. “Galileo observed these moons with 17th century optics”recalls Adam Kobelski, research astrophysicist at the Marshall Space Flight Center from NASA in Huntsville, Alabama, on a note from NASA Blog of September 16. The show will therefore be there if the weather is nice. Check near you if planetariums or astronomy centers organize observations.

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A telescope needed to see the bands in detail

Because to see the great red spot and the bands in detail, you will need a telescope. Jupiter has 53 known moons, but scientists believe there are 79 moons in total. Adam Kobelski also added, on the NASA blog, that the view of Jupiter should be great “for a few days before and after September 26”or as early as this weekend. “Other than the Moon, Jupiter should be one of the brightest (if not the brightest) objects in the night sky”, he pointed out. In the meantime, here is a video reconstructed from NASA images and posted on YouTube, to imagine yourself in orbit around Jupiter.

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