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Jupiter Will Be Observable With The Naked Eye Soon

Jupiter Will Be Observable With The Naked Eye Soon
Jupiter Will Be Observable With The Naked Eye Soon
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Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. It is so big that even a small change in Jupiter’s orbit can change the Earth forever. Despite its size, it’s rare to see Jupiter from Earth without a telescope. This month, skywatchers noted that on September 26, we may have the chance to see Jupiter without a telescope.

It is very rare that the Earth passes directly between the Sun and an outer planet . When this happens, Jupiter will be closest to Earth during its 12-year orbit . It will also be the moment the planet has been closest and brightest to us in the last 59 years, according to NASA . So if you want to see Jupiter without a telescope, September 26 might be a good night to go out and do it.

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Jupiter Will Be Observable With The Naked Eye Soon

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We’ll be able to observe Jupiter with the naked eye on September 26

What makes this situation particularly intriguing is that astronomers say Jupiter won’t be this close to Earth for another 107 years . This means that any of us currently alive will only ever have a chance to see Jupiter this close without a telescope .

The night after September 26, Jupiter will begin to move away from Earth. At this point, it will be difficult to see without a telescope anymore. Of course, just because you can see Jupiter without a telescope doesn’t mean you’ll see it in the best possible way. You’ll still need a telescope, or at least binoculars, to get a really close look at the gas giant.

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