When can residents see Jupiter shine during its closest approach to Earth?

Stargazers and astronomy lovers within the UAE can gear up for a uncommon celestial occasion on Friday, November 3, when they’ll be capable of view an unusually shiny object ascending within the sky.

That is when Jupiter might be at its closest level to Earth, throughout a phenomenon known as Jupiter’s opposition. Taking to platform X, the Dubai Astronomy Group tweeted: “The Jupiter opposition occurs when Jupiter, the Solar and The Earth are all aligned in the identical line which implies that we are going to be getting the very best view of Jupiter all 12 months on this evening (November 3).”

Which planets expertise opposition?

Whereas many individuals could be aware of the concept opposition is the perfect interval to watch a planet, however what does this time period really imply, and which planets expertise opposition?

Explaining the phenomenon Sarath Raj, Venture Director – Amity Dubai Satellite tv for pc Floor Station and AmiSat at Amity College Dubai stated, in astronomy, opposition signifies a planet being instantly reverse the solar.

“Jupiter is at its closest level in its orbit to Earth throughout a Jupiter opposition. It may be seen all evening lengthy, rising to its zenith within the sky at midnight. On November 3, 2023, it will likely be seen from Dubai from 18:15 to 05:54. Round 18:15, when it ascends to a top of seven° above the japanese horizon, it’s going to grow to be seen.

“At precisely 05:54am, when it dips under 7° above the western horizon, it’s going to grow to be inaccessible. It’s going to attain its zenith within the sky at 00:04,” he stated.

Consequently, planets positioned inside Earth’s orbit, similar to Mercury and Venus, can’t be in opposition.

Nevertheless, planets located past Earth’s orbit, together with Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, can all be noticed throughout opposition.

Jupiter shines brightest

“Jupiter has an elliptical orbit, each Earth’s distance from the Solar and the planet’s distance from Earth have an effect on how massive the planet seems to be. Jupiter is one among the many brightest objects within the evening sky throughout opposition,” he added.

On the time of opposition, observers can use binoculars or a compact telescope to watch Jupiter’s 4 largest moons.

“As Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto orbit Jupiter, they could be noticed shifting positions evening after evening and showing as sensible spots. Throughout opposition, the angle shaped by the Solar, Earth, and Jupiter is measured by the part angle, which is sort of precisely 180 levels.”

Specialists spotlight on November 3, Jupiter might be at its greatest within the Dubai sky; however, throughout opposition, large-aperture telescopes are wanted to see Jupiter up shut.

Raj continued: “Better decision of Jupiter’s cloud bands, its moons’ surfaces, and the Nice Purple Spot is feasible with bigger apertures. Jupiter oppositions gives best alternatives for in-depth scientific examine of Jupiter’s environment, magnetosphere, and moon system, although Jupiter might not be an appropriate vacation spot for human settlement, thereby increasing our understanding of planetary science.”

Final Jupiter Opposition

Jupiter’s most up-to-date opposition occurred on September 26, 2022, throughout which Earth positioned itself between Jupiter and the solar, inflicting Jupiter to look instantly reverse the solar in our sky.

Throughout this occasion, Jupiter was nearer to Earth than it had been in 70 years, at a distance of 367 million miles (591 million km) from our planet.

The place are you able to watch the phenomenon in Dubai?

In the meantime, the Al Thuraya Astronomy Centre might be internet hosting a particular occasion for sky gazers on that day to view the Jupiter Opposition phenomenon.

The occasion will happen at Mushrif Park, Dubai between 7-9pm.

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