At the end of September, Jupiter will be at its minimum distance from Earth in 70 years.

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reports that Jupiter will be at opposition on September 26, which will create the most favorable conditions for observing this gas giant from Earth.

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Opposition occurs when an astronomical object rises in the east and the Sun sets in the west. As a result, the observed object and the Sun are on opposite sides of the Earth.

Jupiter opposition occurs every 13 months, making the planet appear larger and brighter than at any other time of the year. However, at the end of this month, the gas giant will be at the minimum distance from the Earth over the past 70 years.

The maximum approach of Jupiter to our planet rarely coincides with the opposition, which means that the views this year will be especially beautiful. It is noted that on September 26, the gas giant will be at a distance of 587 million km from Earth. For comparison: the largest distance between the planets is approximately 966 million km.

Astronomers note that with good binoculars, the bands (at least the central band) and three or four Galilean satellites should be visible. When using an amateur telescope, it will be possible to make out the Great Red Spot on Jupiter – the largest atmospheric vortex in the solar system. Education was opened in 1665. The dimensions of the vortex reach 40–50 thousand kilometers in length and 13–16 thousand kilometers in width.

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