Jumpin’ Jupiter! Gas Giant to Shine in Saturday Night Sky

BANGKOK — Look up for Jupiter this Saturday as it will appear at its brightest and largest all year.

The biggest planet in the solar system will reach its annual position opposite the sun, approaching closest to Earth and appearing the largest non-lunar object in the Saturday night sky.

Stargazers in Bangkok should head to either the Bangkok Planetarium next to BTS Ekkamai or the Siam Paragon shopping mall, where decent telescopes will be provided by astronomy organizations.

Outside the capital city, telescopes will be provided by the National Astronomical Research Institute from 6pm to 10pm at over 100 locations nationwide, including Chiang Mai’s Sirindhorn Observatory and regional observatories in Korat and Chachoengsao province.