The planet Jupiter will be opposite the sun on Friday (April 7) at 11:58pm local time in Doha, Qatar Calendar House has said.
In a statement yesterday, the organisation said the phenomenon is important as the planet will be at its nearest point from Earth during this phenomenon – known as ‘Jupiter at opposition’. As a result, people can see it with their naked eye for a long time and astronomers can observe more details of Jupiter’s surface with telescopes as well as some of its moons.
People living in Qatar and other parts of the region can see and observe ‘Jupiter at opposition’ through astronomical telescopes as well as with the naked eye, according to noted astronomer Dr Beshir Marzouk. They can see Jupiter from around 6.19pm local time, when it rises above the eastern horizon before reaching its highest point in the sky around midnight above the southern horizon.
During opposition, Jupiter will be almost directly opposite the Sun in the sky; rising around sunset time on April 7 and setting at approximately sunrise time the next day.
The ‘Jupiter at opposition’ phenomenon occurs every 13 months. The last time it happened was on March 8, 2016, and the next one takes place on May 9, 2018.
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