Planet Jupiter

Jupiter Opposition

Jupiter Opposition

For planets outside the Earth's orbit, like Jupiter, the months around Oppositions are the best time to observe these planets. An opposition occurs when the planet is opposite from the Sun relative to the Earth. At Opposition the planet will rise as the Sun sets and will set as the Sun rises providing an entire night of observation. Also at Opposition the planet comes physically closest to the Earth in it's orbit so it appears as large as possible.

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