Jupiter will enter opposition tomorrow night and shine brightly in the sky
The largest planet in the Solar System will reach its point of opposition tomorrow on the night of April 7.
Jupiter will position itself in the Virgo constellation almost directly across from the Sun, lighting it up in the night sky.
The gaseous giant will also be its closest point to Earth and will be clearly visible in the UK between 8.20pm BST and 5.45am BST.
The best time to observe is when it's highest in the sky which is close to midnight local time
Dave Samuhel, Accuweather
The planet will rise in the east together with the Sun and trek across the sky until it sets in the west at sunrise.
Accuweather meteorologist Dave Samuhel said the best time to observe the planet is around might.
He said: “The best time to observe is when it's highest in the sky which is close to midnight local time.”
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He added: “With a simple pair of binoculars, you can spot three or four of Jupiter's largest moons.“
Courtesy of Slooh Jupiter’s night-time show can be watched online.
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The best time to watch the opposition is at midnight local time
The celestial event not only gives astronomy enthusiasts the chance to clearly observe the planet, but it will also shine a spotlight on its moons.
Jupiter has a total of 53 named satellites and the four largest ones will be easy to spot tomorrow night.
With the help of a bigger telescopes, it might even be possible to spot the famous red cloud formations on the planet.
Stronger telescopes will be able to pick up the red cloud formations on Jupiter
Just a few days after the opposition, Jupiter will rise in tandem with the moon putting the two in plain view.
If weather conditions allow, Jupiter will remain visible in the sky for a few months before it gradually fades..