For a month planet Jupitar will come close to the earth on July 10, which is a feast to sky watchers. The distance would be at a distance of 4.1610 astronomical units and it does mean 150 million kilometers away from the earth.
JUPITER, THE planet coming close to the earth on July 10, and it would be like that for a month according to astronomers. The planet would be at a distance of 4.1610 astronomical units and it does mean 150 million kilometers away from the earth. One can see a bright Jupiter if skies are clear through out the night, according to the Prof Vivekanada Rao of Osmania University, who is the director of astronomy department.
He also believed that the visibility of the planet is projected to be at -2.7 magnitude and it is most noticeable before sunrise and after sunset. It is after several years that planet Jupiter is coming to the earth.
Incidentally the day of the Jupiter is coming nearer to the earth coincides the 400 anniversary of Galileo who watched this planet through his telescope. To remember this event the Planetary society of India (PSI), will carry out Jupiter observation campaign till end of this year.
On this occasion the planetary society is also drafted a plan to conduct telescope making workshops and set up astronomy clubs in schools. They will also conduct astronomy awareness programmes to teachers and media as well.