Heads up, skywatchers! Jupiter is going to make its closest approach to Earth in 2019 on Monday, June 10.
The planet will be visible with the naked eye as it rises in the east at sunset and climbs high through the sky all night, before setting in the west as the sun rises Tuesday, June 11.
“What’s Up for June? Jupiter is up all night, while Mercury and Mars decide to get close, and the Moon reveals its tilted orbit,” National Aeronautics and Space Administration wrote on Twitter.
What’s Up for June? 🔭 Jupiter is up all night, while Mercury and Mars decide to get close, and the Moon reveals its tilted orbit. Downloadable video and transcript available at https://t.co/tPYUwcimlm pic.twitter.com/lPw2pIEyZ0
— NASA Solar System (@NASASolarSystem) June 3, 2019
According to NASA, this annual event is officially known as “opposition,” when Jupiter, Earth and the sun are arranged in a straight line with Earth in the middle.
“It’s the best time of the year to see Jupiter, as the planet is visible in the sky all night, and it’s around the time when Jupiter is closest to Earth.”
Although opposition takes place on a specific date, NASA shared that the entire month or so around opposition is an equally good time to observe the planet. You’ll also be able to spot four of Jupiter’s moons on both sides of the planet.
AccuWeather said that the best time to observe the planet is when it’s highest in the sky or around midnight.
Jupiter comes to opposition about every 13 months.
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