A couple of hours awaits a pleasant space theater.
BRATISLAVA, June 11 – Lovers of astronomy, as well as the beautiful phenomena of the sky, can wait to see the largest planet in the solar system. Jupiter, who has come into opposition with the Sun on Monday, will be closer to Earth and we will be able to take advantage of it.
As astrophysicist Patrik Čechvala explains, the observability of planets depends on their position relative to the sun. "Because of the starstravelsú ", then sometimes they can be close to the Sun from the perspective of an observer on Earth.This phenomenon is called conjunction with the Sun" he explains. If they are on the opposite side of the sky like the Sun, this is called opposition to the Sun.
When will it be closer?
He adds that the weather should be good for observation. The closest to Earth this year will be Jupiter tomorrow morning, that is, June 12, around five in the morning, and it will be approximately 641,000,000 kilometers. With the help of a telescope you could have a really beautiful appearance before getting up. Although not so close, Jupiter will be observable throughout the month of June.
As the astrophysicist explains, in opposition, the planet, the Earth and the Sun are in a line, with our planet in the middle. Specifically, there is Venus and Mercury, which are within the path of the Earth around the Sun, which means that opposition can never occur to them.
This is not the case with the remaining planets. "During the opposition, these planets are best visualized because they are just after sunset and so visible all night long.It is also the period around which they are closest to the Earth.However, planets move in slightly ways elliptical, non-circular, and also do not run in exactly the same plane around the Sun, so the time that the planet is closest may not completely coincide with the time of opposition but may be slightly shifted, he says.
In the period around the various oppositions, the planet may be far, explains Čechvala. If the opposition reaches a time when the planet is near the perihelion (the closest point of its orbit around the Sun), a phenomenon called the great opposition will occur. "In this period, the planets approach each other" adds.