Jupiter is at its closest point to Earth in 59 years, says NASA

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The most massive planet in the solar system, Jupiter, will make its closest approach to Earth in 59 years on September 2. 26 even though the gas giant will be directly opposite the sun as seen from Earth, an astronomical arrangement known as opposition.

Opposition is common for Jupiterthat occurs every 13 months, and the planet and Land make close approaches about once a year. The arrangement that sees the Earth in the middle of the sun and Jupiter rarely coincides with the massive planet’s closest approach to our planet, known as perigee. But this time, the opposition occurs on September 1. 26 and closest approach on September 26. 25

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