Watch Live | Jupiter comes closest to Earth in 59 years, and it doesn’t for another 107 years
Jupiter will be closest to the Sun in 59 years, an unmissable celestial event, as the planet won’t be so close for another 107 years.
As Jupiter orbits the Sun, there is a point when it reaches the opposite side of the Sun as seen from Earth. On Monday, the largest planet in the solar system will not only reach that position, but also be the closest to Earth in 59 years. At a distance of only 59,06,29,248 kilometers from Earth, it will approach us in 107 years.
The next time the planet comes this close will be 2129, making Monday’s planetary approach an unmissable event.
Taking 11 years to complete one revolution around the Sun, the planet is exactly opposite the Sun in its orbit and this unique system is one of the brightest objects in the sky as seen from Earth.
Jupiter will appear brighter in the sky with a magnitude of -2.9, giving it a much brighter and larger appearance. This planet with 53 moons is in the night sky. Jupiter, closest to Earth, will be visible in the sky after 5:29 PM today and will remain visible until 5:31 AM on September 27.