Astronomy buffs are in for a treat, as there will be a special event on Monday evening.

That’s when Jupiter should come closest to Earth since 1963, according to NASA.

According to the space agency, the largest planet in the solar system will be about 367 million miles from Earth, as opposed to its furthest distance of about 600 million miles.

NASA said the gas planet will appear larger and brighter because of its opposition, which means it will be directly opposite the Sun in the sky when viewed from Earth.

“Good binoculars should show the band (at least the central band) and three or four Galilean satellites,” NASA research astrophysicist Adam Kabelsky said in a blog post. “It’s important to remember that Galileo observed these moons using 17th century optics. One of the key needs will be a stable mount for whatever system you use.”

Kabelsky says the best place to observe the unique event will be a high place in a dark and dry place.

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