Jupiter to be at its closest point to Earth tonight

Jupiter to be at its closest point to Earth tonight

NASA astronomers have predicted that Jupiter, the biggest planet in the solar system, will reach its point of opposition tonight, 7th of April.

The gaseous giant will position itself in the constellation of Virgo almost in a straight line from the Sun, lighting up brightly in the night sky.

In addition, the planet will be at its closest point to Earth. According to a statement released by NASA astronomers, Jupiter will rise in the east along with the Sun and trudge across the heavens, eventually setting in the west at sunrise.

Dave Samuhel, an Accuweather meteorologist, said that the best time to observe Jupiter is around midnight.

Speaking on the topic, Samuhel said, “The best time to observe is when it's highest in the sky which is close to midnight local time. With a simple pair of binoculars, you can spot three or four of Jupiter's largest moons.”

Jupiter has a total of 53 natural satellites and the four biggest of them will be easy to spot tonight. In the United Kingdom, it will be clearly visible between 8.20 p.m. BST and 5.45 a.m. BST.