This closeness that is shared between the Sun and Jupiter once a year (called the opposition) is what scientists believe also occurred all those years ago in Bethlehem .
Jupiter can be seen in the night sky immediately after dark, but don’t do it! Wait until around 9 pm or so when she has gained more detail and appears less fuzzy due to the atmosphere. The reason for this is when Jupiter appears low in the sky, you are looking at it through a larger cross section of the sky and as a result all that atmosphere tends to muddy the view.
To the Babylonians Jupiter represented their god Marduk; To the Romans it was the god Jupiter. Some thought it was the mythical counter-part to the god Zeus. Whatever you believe Jupiter brings us a magical night at Christmas time and all year round!