VESTAL (WBNG) – This week, Jupiter is about to approach the orbit of the Earth.
The red giant is 400 million miles away from the ground while it does the way.
Tonight is the prime time to see Jupiter and its four months, but if you do not have it tonight you will still see the planet on the weekend.
Every 13 months, Earth and Jupiter are getting close enough to orbit to see Jupiter in the naked eye with a binocular pair or a telescope.
Around 9:30 pm or 10 p.m. you can catch the glimpse of Jupiter by looking at the southeast horizon, about 10 degrees from the horizon.
"If you have a pair of modest binoculars, or even a beginner telescope you should not only recognize Jupiter, but 4 months and again if you have a decent telescope look at the equatorial bands of Jupiter," said Drew Deskur the Executive Director of the Kopernick Observatory and Science Center.
Kopernik is open Friday night, their public program Friday is about the summer sky and will include the discussion on Jupiter.
If time is clear they will open the domes so you can see it through their telescopes.