The Great Red Spot will “reach opposition” on Monday (September 26); when Jupiter rises in the east, the sun sets in the west and places them at opposite sides of Earth.
The giant ball of gas will come within 590 million kilometres of Earth, a rare occurrence in the world of astronomy.
"Jupiter is so bright and brilliant that a really nice thing about it is even in a city, in the middle of a bright city, you can see it," says Alphonse Sterling, a NASA astrophysicist at the Marshall Space Flight Centre in Huntsville, Alabama.
"So I would say that it’s a good thing to take advantage of and to look at no matter where you’re at."
Here’s how to see Jupiter’s close encounter with Earth this evening in London.
How to see Jupiter’s close approach in London?
According to NASA, the best spot for getting a good view of the phenomenon is somewhere high, dark and dry.
Once you’ve made it to your ideal location, look to the eastern horizon around sunset and you should be able to see the planet with the naked eye - aside from the moon, Jupiter is likely to be the brightest object in the sky.
Research astrophysicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre, Adam Kobelski, said: “With good binoculars, the banding (at least the central band) and three or four of the Galilean satellites (moons) should be visible.
“It’s important to remember that Galileo observed these moons with 17th century optics. One of the key needs will be a stable mount for whatever system you use.”
What is the Met Office weather forecast for this week in London?
Monday is the best day to view the oldest planet’s approach, however, stargazers should still get a good view of Jupiter throughout the rest of the week.
The Met Office has advised this evening in London that “Showers are largely dying out during the evening, although some may continue to feed into the northwest of the region. Feeling cold under clear spells overnight with winds easing.”
Tuesday will see London have a “bright but breezy with a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers. Showers could merge into longer spells of rain with some heavier bursts, especially further east.”
For the rest of the week, London can expect a “bright and chilly Wednesday with a few showers. Cloudier Thursday with some showers, perhaps locally heavy and thundery. Early fog Friday, then fine, before cloud and rain push eastwards later.”