Jupiter is closer than it’s been in 70 years

(WANE) — Jupiter is now closer to Earth than it’s been in 70 years! During the month of September, it will rise in the eastern sky just after sunset and will be visible until just before sunrise. (About 7:31 p.m. EDT until 7:35 a.m. EDT).

According to, through binoculars (anytime): Jupiter reveals a bright disk. If you look closely, you’ll see the Galilean satellites appearing as pinpoints of light, arrayed in a line that bisects the giant planet.

Jupiter will actually be the closest on Sept. 26 when it will be 367 million miles or 591 million km or 33 light minutes from Earth. Jupiter will also be in solar conjunction which means that the Earth and another planet get close to each other but are separated by the sun.

Here are some other interesting facts about Jupiter:

Don’t worry if you miss it on the 26th because you can literally catch it in the eastern sky for the rest of the month.