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Jupiter has been closest to Earth for 59 years, according to NASA

The most massive planet in the solar system, Jupiter, will make its closest approach to Earth for 59 years on September 26 even as the gas giant directly faces the sun as seen from Earth, an astronomical arrangement known as ‘opposition.

Opposition is common for Jupiteroccurring every 13 months, and the planet and Earth make close approaches about once a year. The arrangement that sees the Earth between the Sun and Jupiter rarely coincides with the closest approach to our planet’s massive planet, known as perigee. But on this occasion, the opposition occurs on September 26 and the closest approach on September 25.


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