It's an exciting night for astronomers, but it may be a let down for Virginians. Tonight, Earth will pass directly between the sun and Jupiter - making Jupiter one of the brightest objects in the sky. Our problem will be the strong possibility of clouds blocking our view (and maybe a few showers). IF we do get enough breaks in the clouds, here's how to get a glimpse...
Jupiter will be opposite the sun, so look to the eastern sky when the sun is setting in the west. THE BEST TIME TO VIEW WILL BE AROUND MIDNIGHT - when you should look toward the southern sky. If you wait closer to sunrise tomorrow you'll have to look in the western sky. Jupiter will be above the brightest star in the constellation "Taurus" called "Aldebaran" - Jupiter will be much brighter.
Earth passes between the sun and Jupiter about every 13 months, but tonight Jupiter will be closest to Earth until another 9 years. It's doubtful the weather will cooperate to get a good view, but it's worth peaking your head out around Midnight if you're still awake.
Sources: spaceweather.com earthsky.org U.S. Naval Observatory