How to see Jupiter in the skies above Suffolk this week

Jupiter and its moons photographed on 29th November and 2nd December 2012. I took these in the garde

Jupiter will be visible in the skies above Suffolk and Essex this week - Credit:

Planet-gazers may want to get out their telescopes as Jupiter will be visible in the skies above Suffolk this week.

The largest planet in the Solar System is set to appear as a bright star on Thursday evening, astronomers have said.

Jupiter will be at 'opposition', meaning that, as Earth passes between the Sun and Jupiter, the planet will appear opposite the Sun.

It will be visible by looking south-east at around 11pm.

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Jupiter will be visible on Thursday evening - Credit: PA Graphic

Bryony Lanigan, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: "When a planet is at opposition, it is on the opposite side of the Earth to the Sun - if you were looking down on the Solar System from above and drew a line from Jupiter to the Sun, when Jupiter is at opposition it would pass through the Earth.

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"This doesn’t necessarily mean that the planet is at its closest point to the Earth – because of the elliptical nature of planetary orbits, this may occur a day or two either side."

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