Look up! Jupiter at its closest, to appear brightest Monday night

The gas giant won’t be this close again for another 4,352 years

This image provided by NASA shows a false color composite image of Jupiter obtained by the James Webb Space Telescope on July 27, 2022. The planets rings and some of its small satellites are visible along with background galaxies. (NASA via AP) (Uncredited, NASA)

ROANOKE, Va. – Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system, and it is oftentimes visible in either our evening or early morning sky (depending on the time of year).

The next few weeks will be slightly different, however.

Experts say that Jupiter is at its closest point to Earth since 1963. Even still, the ‘Gas Giant’ will be 367.41 million miles away.

It won’t be this close again until November 14, 6375.

Because of its closeness to Earth, Jupiter will appear brighter starting Monday night, September 26, 2022. All you have to do is look to the southeast sky - essentially from dusk to dawn!

It will continue to appear brighter for weeks to come.

If you get any good pictures, especially if you have the necessary telescope/camera gear to get Jupiter and some of its moons in focus, send them to Pin It.

We just may feature your picture on air!


About the Author:

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.