Beginning this weekend, astronomers will have a unique opportunity to observe Jupiter's immense size as it appears to be the biggest and brightest it has in years.
One of the brightest natural objects in the night sky, if not the brightest, will be Jupiter.
Jupiter will be approximately 367 million miles from Earth as it comes closest in 59 years.
The gas giant will reach opposition on Monday, which means it will appear to people on Earth as being opposite the sun.
While the sun sets in the west, Jupiter will rise in the east.
With the finest viewing, the two events will make Jupiter appear brighter and larger in the sky on Monday evening
For the upcoming several weeks, the planet will look a little bit larger and brighter.
According to NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller, “This is one of the fun things about living on a moving planet,”
For the next few months, Thaller added, telescopes in space will also be able to get a clearer glimpse of the gas giant.
The two instances are not incredibly uncommon.
The two events overlap is a physics experiment that won't happen again until the year 2139.