STARGAZERS is in for a rare treat tonight as Jupiter is about to make its closest approach to Earth in 59 years.
Nasa expects “extraordinary” views for everyone as long as skies remain clear.
The largest planet in our solar system will appear larger and brighter than usual due to an unusual array of alignments.
Jupiter will enter its special phase of opposition, which occurs every 13 months.
Then the planet is on the opposite side of Earth from the Sun, meaning the three are perfectly aligned.
But that’s not all.
Planets don’t orbit the Sun in perfect circles, making tonight’s spectacle so rare.
As Jupiter’s close approach coincides with its regular opposition event, we’re getting the best look since 1963.
In fact, this will probably be your only chance to see something like this, as next time it won’t be that close until 2129.
Jupiter will be only 367 million miles from Earth, which is close compared to its most distant point of about 570 million miles.
Will I be able to see Jupiter?
Look to the eastern horizon and Jupiter should be visible as a very bright light.
You should be able to see it with the naked eye as long as the weather stays clear.
Turn off the lights and go to a higher level for the best possible view.
If you have binoculars, you might just be able to make out the horizontal banding that wraps around the planet.
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https://www.thesun.ie/tech/9469533/how-to-see-jupiter/ As Jupiter is seen lighting up the night sky TONIGHT as the planet reaches its rare closest point