Stargazers across West Dunbartonshire are set to be wowed as Jupiter makes its closest approach to Earth in 59 years, according to Nasa. 

The Solar System’s largest and oldest planet will reach its opposition tonight (September 26) and provide stunning views to observers.

To ensure a great front-row seat to this astronomical spectacular, here’s everything you need to know about Jupiter in opposition – including the Met Office weather forecast

Celestial events to look forward to this year 

While Jupiter’s opposition occurs every 13 months, this will be its closest point to Earth since 1963 and place the giant just 367 million miles away. 

While this might seem like a huge distance, Jupiter can be as far as 600 million miles away at its furthest. 

How to see Jupiter in Opposition as it makes closest approach to Earth in almost six decades. 

NASA scientists have said that the key to seeing the opposition is to pick a stargazing spot that is dark and dry. 

Jupiter will rise in the east as the Sun sets in the west and be visible to the naked eye, becoming the brightest object in the sky (excluding the Moon). 

Met Office weather forecast for Dumbarton, Alexandria and Clydebank 

  •  In the Clydebank area, there will be a clear sky during sunset, providing good views of the solar event.
  • In Dumbarton, there should also be clear skies while neighbouring towns like Alexandria may experience some cloudy conditions at sunset. 

Details on the planet's surface will be visible using a good pair of binoculars while a large telescope will be needed to see Jupiter's large Red Spot.