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▶️ ‘Once in a lifetime’: Locals peer at Jupiter’s closest approach in 59 years

▶️ ‘Once in a lifetime’: Locals peer at Jupiter’s closest approach in 59 years

▶️ Look up tonight! Jupiter is the closest it’s been to Earth in 59 years

The largest planet in our solar system is making its presence known.

The gas giant Jupiter is normally 484 million miles away. At its furthest, it’s 601 million miles away.

On Monday, it was just around the relative celestial corner — a mere 367 million miles. 

“It takes the spacecraft like Juno and Gallileo that have orbited Jupiter about five years to get there,” Sunriver Observatory Manager Paul Poncy said.

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It’s the closest it’s been to Earth since 1963. It wont be this close again for another 107 years.

Worthy Brewing held a viewing event in their “Hopservatory” on Monday. 

“It’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing for us,” said one of the many who showed up at Worthy to check it out.

But if you missed it Monday, don’t worry, It’s still going to be nearly as close all this week and will continue to put on a show.

 

 

 

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