How to see Jupiter in "opposition"
If the weather is clear enough in your area, it'll be more than easy to see Jupiter at its most brilliant. Best of all, you'll have lots of time -- all the way from sunset on Tuesday (7:59pm on the East Coast) to sunrise on Wednesday (5:58am on the East Coast) -- to get outside, get situated, and enjoy the view. However, the best time to look will be a few hours after sunset, when the sky will be much darker, according to a report by Space.com.
Jupiter will be the brightest object in the sky when it rises in the East, so you'll have no trouble spotting it without equipment. Binoculars may help you hone in on the planet, but a small telescope will allow you to see stunning details such as its four moons -- Callisto, Europa, Ganymede, and Io -- and even the planet's swirling clouds of gasses. Equipment aside, getting away from city light pollution to some place super dark will improve your view.
Be sure to check your local weather forecast and consult tools like EarthSky before you venture out. Most parts of the US will have fair to good viewing conditions, but storms in parts of the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest will likely ruin chances of seeing Jupiter at its best, according to a report by AccuWeather.