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This April 3, 2016 image made available by NASA shows the planet Jupiter when it was at a distance of about 668 million kilometers (415 million miles) from Earth. Jupiter is extra close and extra bright this week, and the Hubble Space Telescope took advantage of the opportunity to make this photo of the gas giant. (NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (GSFC) via AP)

Shine bright like a... planet? NASA says Jupiter will shine its brightest all year tonight


Dust off your telescopes ladies and gents, because tonight Jupiter is coming out in full force.

NASA says Jupiter on Friday will come into opposition, the point at which the planet is located directly opposite the Sun in the sky.

This means that the Sun, Earth and Jupiter line up, with Earth sitting in between the Sun and the reddish-brown gas giant. Because of its close proximity to Earth, Jupiter will shine its brights in the night sky tonight more than any other time in the year.

Hubble Views Jupiter at Opposition

WATCH:  On March 28, NASA released new photos of Jupiter taken by Juno, the basketball court-sized space probe that's been orbiting the gas giant since last July.

Here's more information on Jupiter's opposition from NASA's Twitter.

Jupiter at Opposition 2017

WATCH:  If you're stuck indoors, you can enjoy a live stream featuring telescopic views of Jupiter and its moons in the video player below starting at 4:30 p.m. EDT on April 7.

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