Jupiter is at its biggest and brightest

Professor of astrophysics Jonti Horner of the University of Southern Queensland lists a handful of them.

The first reason is that Jupiter will experience what astronomers refer to as opposition.

Professor Horner explains, "It simply means that Jupiter is nearly opposite the sun in the sky.

Because of this, Jupiter appears larger and more brilliant than during any other time of the year every 13 months.

According to Professor Horner, "at that time, the Earth is closest to Jupiter for that year, therefore we'd describe that as Earth making its closest approach to Jupiter."

Although some near approaches are closer than others, not all close approaches are equal.

Professor Horner also notes that Jupiter appears even brighter since it is situated in a dark area of the sky.

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