A bright star right now in the skies of September 2022

A bright star right now in the skies of September 2022

A bright star right now in the skies of September 2022


A bright star right now in the skies of September 2022
















article by Patrick Babayou
11 SEPTEMBER 2022

A bright star right now in the skies of September 2022

Jupiter (in the center of the image, in the clouds) and the Moon seen in an urban sky, September 9, 2022, with a smartphone

Men’s paradise

These days, just before and after the full moon, our natural satellite is close to ” star “ very bright in the sky. We regularly receive questions that they ask us “what is that star next to the moon”. Many visitors to the Ciel des Hommes come here after asking their favorite search engine this question.

Enough suspense: this very bright star in these days around 11 September 2022 is not a star but the planet Jupiter. It is bright enough to remain clearly visible despite the brightness of the Full Moon, even in an urban setting, as our (modest) illustrative photo taken with a simple smartphone shows.

Jupiter
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Jupiter

Fifth planet in the solar system, Jupiter is composed mainly of hydrogen, it is the largest, most important planet in the history of astronomy

Jupiter is particularly bright as it is currently close tooppositionthat is to say that it is on an almost straight line that starts from the Sun and passes through the Earth.

Land
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Land

Third planet of the solar system, the Earth is a telluric planet, with liquid water and an atmosphere rich in oxygen and nitrogen.

Jupiter is therefore located at a distance from the Earth of just 600 million kilometers, a distance that can be considered minimal between the gas giant and our planet since Jupiter is currently 741.3 million kilometers from the Sun. while the Earth is at 150.6 million kilometers (note: all these distances do not add up strictly because the orbital plane of Jupiter is inclined by 1.30 ° with respect to that of the Earth).

In our astronomy dictionary …

The sky above Geneva with clouds, the Moon, Venus and a sunset.
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Sky

Astronomy begins with observing the sky, which it does not strictly define. The sky begins above our head, gathering birds and stars.

The moon on an eclipse day
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The moon

Our only natural satellite forms a unique pair with the Earth in the solar system and has a great influence on our lives.

Jupiter, Ganymede and the Great Red Spot -
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Jupiter

Fifth planet in the solar system, Jupiter is composed mainly of hydrogen, it is the largest, most important planet in the history of astronomy

Opposition occurs when a planet is opposite the Sun with respect to the Earth.
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Opposition

Position of a planet or other celestial body orbiting the Sun farther than that of the Earth when it aligns with the Sun and Earth

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