It begins shining brightly in the southeast sky beginning around 9:30pm, and viewing it through a pair of average birding binoculars tells you this isn't just any star in the sky. Even at only 8x magnification, Jupiter shows as a disc in the sky.
Up your magnification to the 15x or greater of a spotting scope and you'll see it even clearer and 4 of its moons may also be seen. The photos here are digiscoped images of Jupiter. They're not the clearest images, but remember, this object is 391 million miles away!
When you click on the image to enlarge it, you can clearly see one of Jupiter's moon to the right, and another moon is to the left though dimmer. When I viewed Jupiter yesterday, four moons were easily visible through the scope. It's humbling to think that these are the four moons discovered by Galileo 400 years ago.
"The largest planet in our solar system is a commanding presence for much of the year. It looks like an intensely cream-colored star, shining brighter than anything else in the night sky except the Moon and Venus. Jupiter is at opposition in mid-August, when it appears brightest for the year and remains visible all night. Late in the year it is visible only in the evening sky, dropping lower each night."
Source: StarDate Online
Read more about Jupiter at Stardate.org. Here's a link to a short movie telling us what to look for in the current night sky.