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Jupiter gets closer

Jupiter came closest to Earth in recent times, 605 million km away, at 8.30pm on Saturday.

On Monday, Jupiter will be exactly opposite the sun with respect to Earth. The celestial event is called Opposition of Jupiter. At sundown, Jupiter will appear on the eastern horizon.

The planet will appear very bright and be the fourth brightest object in the sky after sun, moon and Venus for the next few days. It will also appear bigger. Astronomers have urged sky-gazers to witness this celestial event because the next time Jupiter appears so bright and big will be on August 20, 2021.