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Jupiter pays its closest visit to Earth for the year on Friday

Jupiter pays its closest visit to Earth for the year on Friday

That's almost three times brighter than Sirius, the brightest star in the sky; compare the two at around 9 p.m. local daylight time this week, when they'll appear at about the same altitude above the horizon, Jupiter about 20 degrees high in the east-southeast and Sirius at a similar height in the southwest. Nevertheless, scientists claim that on Saturday, April 8, Jupiter will come even closer to our planet.

Without a telescope, Jupiter is still quite distinct, with a characteristic orangey glow.

Arguably, Jupiter is always brilliant in the sky.

The planet's position relative to Earth and the sun is what allowed NASA to capture such a great picture this week with the Hubble Space Telescope.

Hubble, a project of global cooperation between NASA and ESA (European Space Agency), will continue to observe Jupiter in hopes of solving this mysterious riddle, the United States space agency said.

Viewing Jupiter when the planet is at its closest to us is an wonderful experience, but whether or not we'll see it depends on the sky conditions in your area. The good news is that nothing will be able to dim papa Jupiter's glamour tonight as even Venus will shine for a short while, letting the planet take the centre stage.

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It's always interesting to watch these four satellites, two of which are larger than Earth's own moon, from hour to hour and from night to night.

Ever look up and wonder "what's that bright star?" Don't mistake it for one of Jupiter's moons.

"Jupiter is at his best and brightest, as well as at his closest distance to us", Chester wrote.

"They are just so gorgeous". The phenomenon will be also visible with the naked eye when Jupiter will rise in the east around sunset and will be visible all night.

On Friday night, from anywhere in the U.S., you should be able to spot Jupiter tucked in the center of the constellation Virgo in the Southeastern sky. In the evenings, Spica is below Jupiter. The new NASA observations regarding the recently collected data were taken at about the same time when the Juno spaceship sent by NASA to orbit around Jupiter reached the closest point to the gas giant. It's special because when celestial objects are directly opposite the sun, they appear brighter in the sky.

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