Jupiter Is as Close to Earth in Decades

On September 26, the massive gas giant will approach opposition, which occurs when the planet is directly opposite the sun in the sky. 

It just so happens that our worlds will be closest to one other in at least 70 year

This is why Jupiter becomes more visible immediately after sunset in the east, and shortly after the sun sets opposite it in the west.

you've probably seen a bright star in the east in the evenings. That's not a star, and it's not Venus, which is generally one of the most visible planets

It's Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, brighter as it gets closer to us than it has in the previous seven decades.

the distance between our two planets might change from one opposition to the next (an opposition with Jupiter takes place roughly every 13 months).

Outside of the moon, Jupiter is currently the brightest celestial object in the night sky.

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