Jupiter's Closest Encounter With Earth 

If you've been skywatching after dark lately, you've probably noticed a bright star in the east in the evenings

That's not a star, and it's not Venus, which is often one of the most visible planets. It's Jupiter,

 the largest planet in our solar system, brightening as it gets closer to us than it has in the previous seven decades.

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

we are at the point in our orbit where we are closest to Jupiter relative to where it is in its orbit.

the distance between our two planets can vary from one opposition to the next ,an opposition with Jupiter takes place roughly every 13 months.

It just so happens that our worlds will be closest to each other in at least 70 years.

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