Shortly after the sun sets today, Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, will begin to rise in the east. If weather conditions permit, you should be able to see it with your naked eyes. Look for a bright object.
Tonight Jupiter will eventually be its brightest for the year reaching opposition, which means that it will be directly opposite the Sun. Every year during this time, Jupiter, Earth, and the Sun are arranged in a straight line. It will continue to be visible at night between tonight and this Wednesday, June 12, where it will be closest to earth, within 398 million miles, according to National Geographic.
You could see a better view of Jupiter and might even spot its largest moons if you have a pair of binoculars or a small telescope. With a large telescope, you can look out for the Great Red Spot, an enormous storm on Jupiter which is more than twice the size of Earth with raging winds reaching 400 mph.
If you miss the view of Jupiter this week, look out for it on June 15 in a triangle formation with the moon, and Antares, one of the brightest star in the sky. You can also get a detailed view of the planet from footage captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.