Photos: Jupiter spotted in Central Texas night sky

Photos: Jupiter spotted in Central Texas night sky

Credit: Ann Pearl / KENS 5 viewer

Jupiter is shining three times brighter than usual and it can be seen with the naked eye. Through a telescope, onlookers may even be able to see the giant gas planet's dark bands, and possibly even the famous 'great red spot.'

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by Andrew Delgado / KENS 5

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Posted on January 16, 2014 at 6:08 PM

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Look up and you just might spot a bright red object dwarfed by the moon. But don't mistake this object for something small, in fact, it's astronomically large.

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Jupiter is shining three times brighter than usual and it can be seen with the naked eye. Through a telescope, onlookers may even be able to see the giant gas planet's dark bands, and possibly even the famous 'great red spot.'

This year, the planet is at its closest point to Earth — on the opposite side of the sky from the sun — so it’s going to appear brighter and bigger than normal.

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