Following a series of Astronomical events, this upcoming occurrence will mark an unprecedented step in the stargazing field.
Almost the whole world will be able to view this ultimately rare planetary move.
Jupiter, the biggest planet of them all, is going to outshine the rest in the night skies whilst approaching earth – the closest Jupiter has been to earth in 59 years, according to NASA.
When will this happen?
Stargazers can expect a clear look all night on Monday, September 26th. Matter of fact, almost every night between September 26th and October 26th, you should be able to observe the planet, only under cloud-free conditions, however.
How to spot it in Lebanon
For starters, binoculars should be your minimum go-to as this cosmic event will be slightly impermissible to the naked eye.
Nonetheless, If you’re looking for professional experience, a telescope is the answer.
One thing you’ll need to max out the enthusiasm is to be in a highly elevated, dark, and dry area, experts say, such as Qurnat Al-Sawdā, Ouyoun El-Siman, Laqlouq, Shouf Cedar Reserve, Arz Ehmej, Akkar al-Atika, Al-Arz (Bsharri), Ammoua Cedars Reserve…
What you need to know
From the viewpoint of earth, Jupiter will be in opposition with the sun which merely happens every 13 months.
Yet, this year, Jupiter won’t only be opposing the sun on earth’s side, but it will also be the closest it has been to earth in about six decades – being at almost half the distance it normally is to the earth.
This is what makes this cosmic occurrence so wild and worth it!