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Jupiter at its biggest and brightest

June 12, 2019

Jupiter is in opposition this week, meaning it is reaching its closest orbit to the Earth.

The gas giant, at more than 1,300 times the Earth's size, will be brighter and easier to spot in the night sky, compared to other times of the year.

All of this means that Jupiter will be at its biggest and brightest and it will be the best possible time to see it with the naked eye.

If you want to see a little more detail, however, a simple pair of binoculars will be enough to see several of its 79 known moons on either side of the planet. A telescope, meanwhile, should allow even more detail, such as the patterns of Jupiter's cloud bands.