Looking for Saturn?

This week, Saturn is closest to the Earth at 841 million miles away.  You can find it rising in the east-southeast just after sunset. Give it an hour or two to get up in the southeast above the horizon’s haze, then turn a scope with more than 30x power on it.  The rings often get brightest this week, as the particles in the ring scatter light back toward the Sun, and, now in our direction.  Check back with Saturn next week and see if the rings really looked brighter.

The rings are tilted almost as wide open as they can be, so they are even more splendid than usual.  If you are not too dazzled by the rings, look for one or more tiny dots near by, Saturn’s moons.

 

 

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