Good morning, star shine.
NASA asserts that Jupiter “is at its biggest and brightest this month.” And late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, the planet will be present in the night sky with the naked eye.
More impressively — provided cloud cover doesn’t obscure your view — all of the planet’s 79 moons can be spotted with either binoculars or a telescope.
The only celestial body brighter than Jupiter in the night sky will be the moon.
Jupiter is currently at its closest point to Earth, a mere 398 million miles away, according to TV station WTOP. The amount of time it takes light to reach Earth from the fifth planet is 36 minutes — considerably longer than the eight minutes and 20 seconds it takes light to reach us from the sun.
Once every 13 months, the sun, Earth align in a straight line.
To locate Jupiter, gaze to the east as the sun sets. You’ll notice the bright object in the sky that doesn’t twinkle like stars.
With the aid of a telescope, you might even see the Great Red Spot, that storm that has been wreaking havoc on Jupiter for over a century and a half.
Jupiter, the solar system’s largest planet, has a whopping 53 named moons and 26 others still awaiting official titles, according to NASA’s website.