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Jupiter At Opposition 2023

Are you a stargazer or an astronomy enthusiast? If so, here’s something that might excite you. Jupiter is about to reach opposition, which is when it appears opposite of the sun from the perspective of the Earth. This happens about once every 13 months, and this year, it’s taking place on Friday, Nov. 3. During this time, Jupiter is closest to the Earth, which means it appears brighter than any other time of the year and is visible in the sky all night long. No telescope is needed to spot the gas giant as it will outshine nearly all of the stars and other planets in the sky. However, having a telescope or a pair of binoculars will give you a better view of the event. With a telescope, you can even see Jupiter’s four largest moons: Europa, Callisto, Io, and Ganymede. So, dust off your telescope and get ready to witness this fascinating event!