What’s Up: Week of 9/19/22

Sep 21, 2022 | Daily Space, Jupiter, Sky Watching

IMAGE: This striking view of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and turbulent southern hemisphere was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it performed a close pass of the gas giant planet. CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

We’ve had a packed news show today and we’re not quite done but I wanted to briefly mention that Jupiter will be at opposition this coming week, specifically on Monday, September 26, but it will also be nearly as high and bright for a few days before and after opposition proper. Opposition is when the Earth is directly between a planet and the Sun, meaning it is fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This opposition marks Jupiter’s closest approach in 70 years, so its apparent size will be larger as well.

Go outside and look up, but … maybe wait until we’re done with the show?

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Jupiter at opposition soon, closest in 70 years (EarthSky)

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