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Jupiter to be closest to Earth today

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 5 � Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, will be in its closest position to Earth in course of its opposition on February 6 for the current year, said Manash Sarma of the Pragjyotish Amateur Astronomers� Association in a statement here today.

Opposition in the celestial event in which our earth comes between a planet and our Sun, all three lying on a common plane during the revolutions of the two planets around the Sun.

The Guwahati Planetarium in association with the Pragjyotish Amateur Astronomers� Association, has undertaken a two week-long joint programme from tomorrow onwards in connection with this great event which will be held at the Guwahati Planetarium campus between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm every day.

People could have an wonderful view of the gaseous planet with its gas belts and four Galilean Moons during the programme, Sarma said and made an appeal to the people to avail this unique chance to take part in the Programme. The programme is supported by the Science and Technology Department of the State Government.

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