Amateur astronomers in Fort Saskatchewan will have a night to remember. 

The solar system's largest planet, Jupiter, is set to be the brightest it's been in over half a century tonight (Sept. 26). 

The astronomical event, formally known as an 'opposition', will see Jupiter come within 590 million kilometres of Earth, which is the closest it has been in about 63 years and face itself directly opposite of the sun. 

Eager night-watchers should look east as the sun sets, it will appear as the brightest object in the night sky, outside of the moon of course.

"During opposition the planet will be in the Pisces constellation and be visible for most of the night, rising when the sun sets and disappearing when the sun rises," said Robert Lea from

If you're using a telescope or binoculars to view the planet, you might also be able to get a glimpse of the Galilean satellites: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. 

Jupiter is a massive planet in our solar system. It is about 1000 times bigger than Earth and 11 times wider.