Jupiter At Opposition Tonight

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Skies will be clear tonight, which is great news for local stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts.

Jupiter will be at opposition tonight, which is the astronomical term for when Jupiter is opposite of the sun. To put it another way, the Sun, Earth, and Jupiter will all be in a straight line.

Jupiter will also be at its closest point to Earth this year, which means it will be a little bigger and brighter than normal. This point in an orbit is called the perigee.

Jupiter will be visible with the naked-eye, although you won’t be able to see it in much detail. However, you’ll be able to see some of Jupiter’s colors along with 4 of its largest moons using just a pair of binoculars.

If you plan on looking for it, look southeast. Jupiter will rise from that direction after dusk and will remain visible throughout the night. Even though the opposition occurs tonight, Jupiter and some of its moons will still be visible over the next few weeks.

Here are a few photos of Jupiter courtesy of NASA.

 

Brian Walder

Brian Walder

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