Jupiter is nearing, so astronomers will get a treat, the Jupiter’s closest encounter with Earth. While Venus is typically the planet with the brightest sky appearance. The largest planet in our solar system will block it out for the next month.
In reality, you may have already seen Jupiter, which is a bright star that can be seen in the nights in the east. Jupiter has becoming more and more apparent recently shortly after sunset. This is so that on September 26, the planet and the Earth will be in “opposition.” The Earth and Jupiter’s orbit are scheduled to be at their closest point in the past 70 years at that time.
But how can you spot Jupiter during this time? Here’s what you need to know.
How can I spot Jupiter’s closest encounter with Earth?
Keep a look out starting at sunset to spot Jupiter, which will be visible at its largest and brightest during opposition and will be visible for much of the night.
On September 26, the sun will set in the UK around 6.50 p.m., according to Sunset Times.
According to the Met Office, the day’s weather will consist of a mix of sunny intervals and blustery showers in most locations after the rain in the southern portions of the country soon clears. I’m cold in the frigid northwesterly winds. Therefore, while stargazing, you might wish to dress warmly and keep an umbrella close at hand.
What is an opposition?
The Solar System’s planets all revolve around the Sun. The Earth occasionally travels in an orbit where it is directly between the Sun and another planet. That planet is considered to be “in opposition” at this exact moment.
The Earth, for instance, is positioned between the Sun and Jupiter when Jupiter is in opposition. As a result, when the Sun sets in the west, Jupiter appears in the east since Jupiter lies on the “opposite” side of the sky to the Sun.