How to watch Jupiter make its closest approach to Earth in decades

Jupiter will look larger and brighter than normal on Monday evening as it rises opposite the Sun and reaches its closest point to Earth in decades. It will be so close that the planet's bands and several of its moons should be visible, NASA said.
The gas giant will become visible when it reaches opposition, meaning it will rise in the east as the sun sets in the west, a move that occurs every 13 months. Tonight, Jupiter will also have been its closest to Earth since 1963 -- which NASA says is a unique event that will make it a very special observation.
At its closest point, the planet will be about 367 million miles from Earth, about 200 million miles closer than at its most distant point.
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"Jupiter's closest approach to Earth rarely coincides with opposition," NASA said, "meaning this year's prospects will be exceptional."
These spectacular views are expected to be vivid and detailed, scientists said.
"With good binoculars, the streaks (at least the central band) and three or four of the Galilean satellites (moons) should be visible," said NASA astrophysicist Adam Kobelski.
There are 53 named moons associated with the planet, although scientists believe 79 have been discovered. The four largest of the moons are known as the Galilean satellites, named after Galileo Galilei, who first observed them.
"It's important to remember that Galileo observed these moons with 17th-century optics," Kobelski said. "One of the most important requirements is going to be a stable mount for whatever system you use."
The best places to see Jupiter will be at high elevations where it's dark and dry, Kobelski said, and it should be visible for the next few days.
"Take advantage of the good weather on either side of this date to enjoy the sight," he said. "Outside of the moon, it should be one of (if not the) brightest objects in the night sky."
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