By Jove! Jupiter to Make its Closest Pass All Year

Apr 7, 2017

The Hubble Space Telescope recently took new, crystal clear images of Jupiter as it passed within 415 million miles of Earth—just a hop and skip in astronomical terms. "Red Spot, Jr." is visible on the lower-right part of the gas giant.
Credit NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (NASA Goddard)

Tonight and over the weekend, our solar system's largest planet will be in opposition to Earth—meaning it's as close and visible as it will be all year. NASA's Dr. Jennifer Wiseman told me how best to observe Jupiter and what astronomers are continuing to learn about it today.