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Jupiter making closest approach since 1963

September 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Get ready for a spectacular sight in the sky tonight. Jupiter is going to make its closest approach to Earth since 1963.The solar system's largest planet will pass 368 million miles from Earth late Monday night.

You won't see it that big or bright again until 2022.

Binoculars and telescopes will dramatically improve the view, as Jupiter and its moons rise in the east as the sun sets.

Coincidentally, Uranus also will make a close approach the same night. It will appear close to Jupiter but harder to see with the naked eye.

Through a telescope, it will shine like an emerald-colored disk less than one degree from Jupiter.

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