Jupiter's brightness has no competition in the night sky. It is the brightest and largest fixed point of the night. Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System and the fourth brightest object in the sky, second only to the Sun, the moon and Venus.
The reason that Jupiter and Venus are the two brightest planets in the Solar System are their dense atmospheres, which reflect sunlight like a mirror. In fact, Jupiter is the Gas Giant. When they are visible at the same time they can be confused. The difference is that Venus is only seen in the hours near sunrise and sunset while Jupiter stays overnight. In addition, the brightness of Venus is whiter than that of Jupiter.
The best time to observe it occurred in 2010 and will be repeated in 2022.
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