Saturn goes into 'opposition' Tuesday afternoon; appears bright at night

James Marshall
Июля 10, 2019

The planet will reach its highest point in the sky around midnight (local time) and will set in the western sky as the sun rises again Wednesday morning.

Saturn's opposition technically occurs at noon Central time Tuesday afternoon, however, that night it will still be pretty close to that position, so it will still look pretty bright.

The massive, ringed planet will be visible on Tuesday, and even though having a telescope will offer better views, skywatchers won't really need one on hand, since Saturn will be experiencing opposition, AccuWeather.com reported.

While it should be visible with the naked eye you can likely get a glimpse of Saturn's rings and it's largest moon, Titan, with the aid of a telescope. When we pass between the sun and a planet outside our own orbit, the other planet "is generally closest to Earth and brightest for that year", EarthSky notes notes. In this case, it's Saturn, and the line is nearly 900 million miles long. Just look toward the star pattern known as the "Teapot" in the Sagittarius constellation. If bad weather blocks Saturn's stellar views, onlookers can still observe the planet for the rest of the month, since it will be illuminated and appear in the same area of the sky. On Monday, Saturn will appear close to the almost full moon, so it will be even easier to spot in the sky, Space.com reports.

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