In 59 years, Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, will be in opposition as seen from the surface of the Earth. This might be a treat for astronomers. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reports that the gas giant will be fantastic to observe throughout the entire night of September 26.
Every 13 months, Jupiter forms an opposition, but this one will be special for a particular reason. On Monday, the day of opposition, Jupiter will be closest to Earth. As a result, astronomers will have a unique opportunity to see the enormous planet.
As in 1963, Jupiter will be currently located roughly 590 million kilometres from Earth. Jupiter is more than 965 million kilometres from Earth at its furthest point.
Adam Kobelski, a research astrophysicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, said that with decent binoculars, “the banding (at least the centre band) and three or four of the Galilean satellites (moons) should be visible.” It’s crucial to keep in mind that Galileo used 17th-century optics to observe these moons. A stable mount for whatever technology you employ will be one of the most important requirements, according to Adam Kobelski, a research astrophysicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
Kobelski advised using a larger telescope to see the Great Red Spot and bands of the giant planet in greater detail. A 4-inch or larger telescope and various filters in the green to blue range would improve the visibility of these features.
The views “should be superb for a few days before and after September 26,” the scientist continued. So, make the most of any favourable weather that occurs before or after this day to enjoy the view. It ought to be one of, if not the, brightest object in the night sky besides the Moon.