Jupiter is about to be closer to Earth than it has been in years — here’s how to see it

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Jupiter will be at its most visible on May 8. The planet will be in opposition to the sun, which means it’ll be on the exact opposite side of Earth to the sun.  Your best chance of getting a glimpse will be around 1:00 a.m. on May 8th when the gas giant is due south. 

Space-watchers, get excited:  Jupiter is about to be closer to Earth than it has been for years, and it’ll make for some prime viewing.

The gas giant will be in “opposition” during the nighttime hours of May 8th, which means it’ll be on the exact opposite side of Earth to the sun. Jupiter will also swing within 409 million miles of Earth — 5 million miles closer than last year’s opposition — making the planet shine extra bright in the sky, according to National GeographicSee the rest of the story at Business Insider

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