January 5, 2014: Jupiter in Opposition


On January 5, 2014, Earth will pass between the Sun and Jupiter, placing Jupiter opposite the sun in our sky. It will be the closest Jupiter will be to the Earth until the year 2020 and will only be about 391 million miles away.

Jupiter will rise at sunset and will be at it’s highest and brightest point in the sky at midnight local time, regardless of your location on the Earth. The planet shines in front of the constellation Gemini, near the bright Gemini stars Castor and Pollux. If you look closely, you can also catch some of its many moons as well. Get your telescopes ready!