Jupiter’s orbit brings it the closest to Earth in 59 years

Anderson Corcoran, Staff Writer

On Sept. 26, the planet Jupiter measured the closest to Earth it has been since 1963 (59 years). That’s six decades ago.
Scientists claimed and confirmed that the gas surface of the planet was visible with a binoculars or a telescope. Jupiter was measured at approximately 367 million miles away.
According to (NASA.GOV) “the gas planet will make a similar distance like the distance it made on Monday, but not as close every 13 months.”
The gas planet will begin to be visible starting Monday Oct. 26, continuing for a few days following. If it is cloudy there should be only two large sources of light: one is the moon, which should be obvious, and the other should be a small speck of light. The main reason this happens is the earth does not orbit the sun in a perfect circle. Jupiter’s main distance of orbit from the Earth is 600 million miles away. To see the gas features of the planet you will need at least a 4-inch telescope.
A space craft was launched by NASA in 2016 called “Juno.” The main mission for the spacecraft satellite was to collect data with pictures of the gas planet’s features, atmosphere and 53 moons. Juno has been orbiting and collecting data for six years. NASA had been exploring space for 60 years. When it comes to space, space exploration is a newborn baby. NASA will have more information on the gas planet when the “Juno” mission is complete, and they have more data.