Jupiter, a planet that was last seen close to earth fifty-six years ago has again resurfaced.
Planet Jupiter appeared in flickers on 26th of September 2022 and I am glad to have recorded it myself from Namulanda, Wakiso District in Uganda at 22:43 prompt.
This very planet is said to have been the “star” that led the three wise men to the birth place of Jesus the Christ in Bethlehem of Judea two thousand years ago.
History has it that, Voyager is the only space craft that flew the closest to Jupiter hence until now the world is eagerly waiting for the a brave astronaut to take that huge step to becoming the first human to land on the planet. The first discovery of Jupiter was in 1610 by Galileo Galilei who first saw the star using a small telescope.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration-NASA findings indicate that Jupiter was to be closer to planet earth in 2029 meaning, today’s occurrence defied science and proclaimed a miracle. Jupiter last radiated brightest in October 1963.
It’s similar to a star, but it never got big enough to start burning. Jupiter is covered in swirling cloud stripes. It has big storms like the Great Red Spot, which has been going for hundreds of years
The planet that sits on the fith spot from the sun, shines in the constellation of Pisces which consists of faint stars. It is usually 966 kilometers aways from earth but on September 25 it is just 591 kilometers away. The journey to Jupiter takes a good six years thus it requires bravery to embark on one.
Funny fact is that the people who have seen it now might never see it again.
According to Wikipedia, Jupiter is the largest in the Solar System. It is a gas giant with a mass more than two and a half times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined, but slightly less than one-thousandth the mass of the Sun.
Facts about Jupiter
Distance from Sun: 778.5 million km
Radius: 69,911 km
Surface area: 61.42 billion km²
Mass: 1.898 × 10^27 kg (317.8 M⊕)
Density: 1.33 g/cm³
Orbital period: 12 years