What was this?
It was Jupiter, so bright and so strange in the clear, dark sky that it had become unrecognizable.
We had been gobsmacked by Jupiter, the King of Planets!
Jupiter is brighter and closer to earth now than it has been for some 50 years. You don't even need a telescope to enjoy it. Wait for a clear night with no moonlight or obscuring haze in the sky, find a dark site (if you can), and just look up. If you're lucky, you too will be gobsmacked by Jupiter.
Poster credit: Azhy Hasan