How to see Jupiter light up night sky TONIGHT as planet reaches rare closest point to Earth | The Sun

STARGAZERS are in for a rare treat tonight as Jupiter is about to make its closest approach to Earth in 59 years.

Nasa is expecting "extraordinary" views for all, so long as the skies stay clear.

Our solar system's biggest planet is set to look larger and brighter than usual because of an uncommon series of alignments.

Jupiter is due to reach its special opposition stage, which happens every 13 months.

That's when the planet is on the opposite side of Earth from the Sun, meaning the three are aligned perfectly.

But that's not all.

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Planets do not orbit the Sun in perfect circles, which is what makes tonight's spectacle so rare.

As Jupiter's close approach coincides with its regular opposition event, we'll get the best glimpse since 1963.

In fact, this will probably be your only chance to see such a thing, as the next time it'll get this close isn't until 2129.

Jupiter will be just 367million miles from Earth, which is close when compared to its furthest point of about 570million miles.

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Will I be able to see Jupiter?

Look towards 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.

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Switch the lights off and go for higher ground for the best possible view.

If you own some binoculars, you might just be able to make out the horizontal banding which runs around the planet.

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