Jupiter in opposition: Largest planet in the solar system to appear dazzling and bright in the night sky

independent– Jupiter is set to be even brighter than usual this week, with the solar system’s biggest planet stepping into the spotlight.

The planet should be visible with the naked eye – and even better than normal through binoculars and telescopes – as it moves into “opposition”.

To those without equipment, the planet will look like a star, but without the usual twinkle.

The event will happen on Thursday, 19 August, around the world, and should be easy to spot by just looking up into the night sky.

This is because Jupiter will be at “opposition”, meaning that, as Earth passes between the Sun and Jupiter, the planet will appear opposite the Sun.

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