Clear skies are forecasted for Cochrane tonight and should provide the best view of the largest planet in our solar system this evening.According to NASA, Jupiter is set on its closest approach to Earth since 1963, 59 years ago. Cochranites can keep their eyes to the southeast around 9 see the gas giant and its four moons (Callisto, Io, Ganymede, and Europa) at its brightest.


Jupiter usually sits 966 million kilometres away from Earth but tonight it will sit approximately 591 million kilometres. At that distance, Cochranites can take in the views without a telescope or binoculars, and light pollution from your neighbourhood should have no impact on visibility.   

Too busy tonight to take in the sight? You can always wait for the next time this happens, in 2129.