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Jupiter close to Earth in 2022: Vancouverites share photos

This event won't take place for another whopping 107 years.

Did you happen to spot Jupiter last night?

You might have spotted the dazzling behemoth in Metro Vancouver skies — even if you weren't looking for it. 

For the first time since October 1963, the largest planet in our solar system was in direct opposition to the sun at the exact same time that it approached perigee, which refers to the time when the planet and Earth are closest to each other in their orbits.

Since Earth was positioned directly between Jupiter and the sun, the massive planet looked especially bright in the night sky. Additionally, it looked especially large due to its close proximity to Earth.

These two events also won't take place concurrently for another 107 years in 2129.

While it was possible to spot the interstellar display with the naked eye, a pair of binoculars or a telescope provided the ideal view of the planet's details, such as the cloud belts and the Galilean moons.

Tyler Black shared a spellbinding, highly-detailed photo of the planet on Twitter that he captured at 3:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27. He adds that the planet's "great red spot" was facing Earth. 

The image was taken from his balcony in downtown Vancouver "using a Takahashi FSQ85EDX Telescope and a QHY268M astrophotography camera," the local man told Vancouver Is Awesome. 

"It's taken by taking >3000 photos and "stacking" the top 10 [per cent] of photos."

#jupiter #astrophotography

at 3:40AM this morning, Jupiter was very close to earth and its great red spot was facing it. I took the very best image I could (stacked top 10% of 5000 frames) to get this! thrilled about it! pic.twitter.com/y1Z0j9HBjb

— Tyler Black, MD (@tylerblack32) September 27, 2022

Have a look at some more of the photos Metro Vancouver locals snapped of the "once-in-a-lifetime" event. 

My son and I brought out the old survey instrument from storage to gaze at #Jupiter.

We could see the planet, Callisto, Io, Ganymede and Europa at about the quality in this photo. Couldn’t make out the gaseous cloud bands, but it’s still cool to see. https://t.co/iHjqTpEEtm pic.twitter.com/V31fqSmzY5

— Zane Sloan (@zanesloanbc) September 27, 2022

Monday sunset and Jupiter! #sunset #GoodEvening #Monday #bcstorm #Jupiter #September #Autumn #Nightsky #Vancouver #StormHour #Westcoast #AutumnVibes #ShareYourWeather pic.twitter.com/s0aGDjLJj5

— Michelle Valancius (@howyougo) September 27, 2022

#Jupiter in the night sky in #vancouver pic.twitter.com/AFvouWN4Zm

— Lin (@LinFit4life) September 27, 2022

Showed the planets to some 200 people who came by tonight! What a lovely evening.#northvan #lonsdalequay #astronomy #jupiter #saturn pic.twitter.com/fEugCcJ6TY

— Takurrito (@takurrito_) September 27, 2022

Jupiter pic.twitter.com/uID3irbfmn

— shelly bryant (@LyArts) September 27, 2022

#Jupiter and the #GalileanMoons from my camera (Canon 7D w/ 70-300mm lens) on Jupiter’s closest approach! #Astrophotography #JupiterOpposition2022 #JupiterMoons #Vancouver pic.twitter.com/BjGFNKEc50

— Mae (@SliverofLight) September 27, 2022

Lol I took a stick (raccoons) and went outside to see Jupiter and this is all I got. But hey! I won’t be alive to see it again so… pic.twitter.com/Da03iMCdEG

— fleur (@sprcrpndgm) September 27, 2022

Got excited to see this #Jupiter pic.twitter.com/Htr7pyVYuF

— HaYe Fashionisters (@lc_chf) September 27, 2022

The best shot of Jupiter my little Canon (and lack of photography skills ????) could get #NorthVan pic.twitter.com/Wy2PqLMByl

— jackie (@jacqpatton) September 27, 2022

My son and I brought out the old survey instrument from storage to gaze at #Jupiter.

We could see the planet, Callisto, Io, Ganymede and Europa at about the quality in this photo. Couldn’t make out the gaseous cloud bands, but it’s still cool to see. https://t.co/iHjqTpEEtm pic.twitter.com/V31fqSmzY5

— Zane Sloan (@zanesloanbc) September 27, 2022

Clear night so here are some blurry pictures of Jupiter! All taken at approx 9:55pmPT, but the last one is with my phone. pic.twitter.com/7Qgrlyj4YI

— Brooklyn D. (@brooklynd24) September 27, 2022

queen jupiter pic.twitter.com/sA9Ab3lsGM

— winny (@venusauras) September 27, 2022

Here’s #Jupiter and its moons over #Vancouver. #SuzySixHoney pic.twitter.com/GeCAdfwrFN

— Trevor Hagan (@wpgphotog) September 27, 2022

Sailor Jupiter and her moons, via my telescope that I use to spy on neighbours with pic.twitter.com/Z3WAHSoWRK

— GERA (@twitgera) September 27, 2022
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