[글로벌] Jupiter, the largest and brightest of 166 years on the 27th… Good news for photographers

[아이티데일리] Jupiter is the largest of the planets orbiting the sun. It is in the fifth orbit of the solar system. From Earth, it is next to Mars. Mars exploration is actively underway, so the next target will be Jupiter. Jupiter is about 11 times the size of Earth. Earth has one moon, but Jupiter has several moons, including the Galilean moon. It is observed with the naked eye in the night sky and shines brightest.

Jupiter is the brightest star in the night sky. photo = Pixar Bay

Jupiter lights up the sky every evening. However, recently, Jupiter’s rise has not been observed very well. The giant planet Jupiter has always been the brightest in the night sky, but it has risen faster than usual in the past few months.

On Tuesday, September 27 (Korean time), Forbes reported that Jupiter shines at its climax as it reaches the ‘most important place’ where Jupiter is located once a year, that is, a position in the solar system that aligns with the Sun and the Earth. This is the position where the Earth is exactly halfway between the Sun and Jupiter in the orbit of the solar system. Because Jupiter takes 12 years to orbit the Sun, the aligning of the Sun, Earth, and Jupiter occurs once every 13 months and lasts for several weeks.

Coming to this position means that Earth and Jupiter are at their closest proximity. Naturally, Jupiter is the largest and brightest at night, reflecting the light of the sun. That day begins today, September 27th.

Jupiter is the brightest and easiest to identify in the night sky, and with an auxiliary tool such as binoculars, you can see 100% of its original form. Jupiter is the first planet to inform visitors at the Byeolmaro Observatory in Yeongwol-gun, famous for its bright night sky. For photographers, now is the time to observe Jupiter and take pictures. This is an opportunity to observe for several weeks.

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Another benefit of being in line with Earth is that exoplanets like Jupiter rise in the east at sunset and set in the west at sunrise. In other words, it shines all night long.

But this year, something even more special is added.

This year’s position of Jupiter, aligned with Earth and the Sun, would be exactly 59,360 kilometers from Earth. This is the closest distance since 1963, and it won’t be that close until 2139. After all, Jupiter, the brightest and closest, starting today, is the best position it has once in 166 years, past and future combined.

When the observation conditions are favorable on a clear day, Jupiter will shine with a brightness of minus 2.9 magnitude. Except for the moon visible in the night sky after sunset, it is the brightest celestial body. Usually Jupiter at ‘brightest time’ was at a level of minus 2.5, so you can guess what the current brightness will be like.

Jupiter can be observed by anyone. Jupiter begins to appear close to the horizon when it begins to get dark in the early evening. And at night, it lights up the high sky. That’s why you can’t miss Jupiter.

This time, it is expected that a low-magnification astronomical telescope or trivial binoculars will show Jupiter’s true appearance, as well as several of the four Galileo moons Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.

Directly above Jupiter is the diamond-shaped constellation Pegasus, made up of four bright stars, and the cluster within the larger constellation. If you look to the right, Saturn is shining. Saturn is also visible because of its size. The constellation pattern that will take place from this day comes in the most fantastic form of the year.

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Jupiter will appear bright and beautiful for at least the next few weeks, then slowly rise and move high into the night sky. The next giant planet will return to the same location on November 3, 2023. Perhaps not as bright and large as this year.

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