Jupiter Soon to be the Closest to Earth: Can be Seen through Binoculars

The biggest planet of our solar system will be at its biggest and brightest as it will be the closest to Earth next week. The big ball of gas can be easily spotted by common binoculars, telescopes or even without any equipment. The various moons of the planet can also be seen clearly throughout the month. There are also chances of spotting its ring which is made of clouds.

The constantly changing positions of the moons make their surrounding an interesting thing to gaze into and note their positions. Jupiter, Earth, and Sun will soon descend into a straight line known as the opposition. The earth being in the middle will get a good view of the planet and its moon for around a stretch of a month. Though the opposition doesn’t last beyond a day, scientists at NASA claim that it offers a good time to spot the planet for about a month later.

The planet which ranks 5th on its distance from the sun travels on the orbit between Mars and Saturn and finishes one round after 4,333 days. The planet which is more than twice the size of all other planets combined has a total of 79 moons. Four of these would work along with the planet to illuminate the night sky for the remainder of this month. The gas giant will also be part of a tripartite formation in the sky with our moon and Antares, a red star.

Jupiter will appear the brightest on Monday night when it’s closest to our planet, closer than last year by 11 million miles. A giant red storm that has been raging on the surface of the planet, also known as its red spot, will be available for the viewing by a bigger telescope, although its visibility is subjected to the weather conditions.