Tonight will be the best night of the year to see Jupiter.

The largest planet in the solar system will be directly opposite the sun, making it appear bright enough to see clearly without having to use a telescope Monday night, weather permitting, officials say.

“The Earth will basically be exactly between Jupiter and the sun, so the gas giant will be visible in the night sky from dusk until dawn,” AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said. The planet will rise in the east and track across the southern sky as the night progresses before setting in the west.

Earth and Jupiter won't be this close to each other again until July 2020.

According to Accuweather, people in the midwestern and western United States will have the best viewing conditions. Sadly, for us in the Hudson Valley Accuweather is predicting cloudy skies Monday night into Tuesday morning.

If the sky is clear, you won't need a telescope to see Jupiter tonight but with a telescope, you might even be able to see Jupiter's Giant Red Spot. Its moons should be visible with binoculars.

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