As Jupiter revolves around the Sun in its orbit, there is a point when it reaches the opposite side of the Sun as seen from Earth. On Monday, apart from reaching that position, the largest planet in the solar system will also be the closest to Earth in 59 years. Just 59,06,29,248 kilometers from Earth, it will be this close to us in 107 years.
The next time the planet comes this close will be 2129, making Monday’s planetary proximity an unmissable event.
The planet, which takes over 11 years to complete one revolution around the Sun, will be exactly opposite to the Sun in its orbit and this unique arrangement makes it one of the brightest objects in the sky as seen from Earth.
Jupiter will appear bright with a -2.9 magnitude in the skies, giving it a much brighter and bigger appearance. The planet, which has 53 moons, will be in the skies through the night. Jupiter at its closest to Earth will appear in the skies after 5:29 pm today and will be visible till 5:31 am on September 27.