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See! Jupiter will be at its brightest in more than 70 years on September 26 – see here

New Delhi: Jupiter will make its closest approach to Earth in 70 years on September 26, and stargazers can expect a spectacular sight when the giant planet approaches opposition. Opposition occurs when a celestial body rises in the east as the Sun sets in the west, placing the object and the Sun on opposite sides of the Earth. Jupiter’s opposition occurs every 13 months, making it appear bigger and brighter than at any other time of the year. But that’s not all. “Jupiter’s closest approach to Earth rarely coincides with opposition, meaning this year’s views will be extraordinary,” NASA said in a statement Friday. Jupiter will be about 365 million miles from Earth at its closest approach. At its farthest point, the planet is about 600 million miles from Earth.

“With good binoculars, banding (at least the central band) and three or four of the Galilean satellites (the Moon) should be visible,” said Adam Kobelsky, a research astrophysicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “It’s important to remember that Galileo observed these moons with 17th-century optics. One of the key requirements would be a stable mount for the system you use,” he quoted Kobelsky as Jupiter’s Great suggested using a large telescope to see the red spot bands in more detail; A four-inch or larger telescope and some green-to-blue filters will improve the visibility of these features.

According to Kobelsky, an ideal viewing location would be in a dark and dry area at high altitude. Although Jupiter has 53 named moons, scientists believe a total of 79 have been discovered. The Galilean satellites are the four largest moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

Juno, a NASA spacecraft that has been orbiting Jupiter for six years, is dedicated to exploring the planet’s surface and moons. Scientists believe that studying Jupiter will lead to important discoveries about the formation of our solar system.

(with inputs from agencies)

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