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Watch Jupiter at its brightest and largest today, says QCH

Watch Jupiter at its brightest and largest today, says QCH

Tribune News Network
Doha
QATAR residents will be able to watch the giant planet Jupiter on Tuesday (July 14) evening, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has announced. The Jupiter’s rising time over Qatar sky will coincide with the sunset time approximately.
The cosmological phenomenon called ‘Jupiter at opposition with the Sun’ is very important as the planet appears the brightest and the largest during this period, QCH’s Expert Astronomer Dr Beshir Marzouk said, adding that it is a good chance to watch the planet with naked eyes and take quality pictures using telescopes.
During this celestial event, Jupiter is at its nearest point to the Earth, Dr Marzouk pointed out. This event occurs once a year and the next time it will take place on August 20, 2021, he said.
When Jupiter is at opposition with the Sun, the centres of three celestial objects (Sun, Earth and Jupiter) are aligned on a straight line with the Earth moving in between Sun and Jupiter and Jupiter lying at a distance of 4.14 Astronomical Unit (AU) from Sun’s centre. AU equals approximately 149.6 million kilometres.
Qatar residents will be able to observe Jupiter right from the time of sunset till the sunrise on Wednesday. The rising time of Jupiter over eastern horizon on Tuesday will be at 6:21pm (Doha time) while it will reach its highest point (42 degrees) over Qatar sky at 11:37pm.
Then it will continue moving towards the western horizon, Dr Marzouk said.
Jupiter is the largest planet of our solar system with 79 known moons. The four largest moons of Jupiter are called Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

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