Close, but no cigar.  Tonight Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system, will be making make its closest approach to Earth this year.  How close is close? Try 416 million miles away but as USA Today reports, that’s still close enough for the giant planet to be visible with the naked eye tonight as it rises in the east at sunset.

Star gazers say if you have binoculars or a telescope, you'll also be able to spot its four bright moons on both sides of the planet.

Night owls will get the best view for the best time to see Jupiter will be when it is highest in the sky --around midnight local time.

Clouds may interrupt the viewing for us, as forecasters say clouds will be covering the sky across much of the West Coast .


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