This is the best time of this year to see the planet Saturn. It's closest to Earth and up all night. Get some viewing tips here! Continue reading →
¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending April 27, 2013
This is the best time of this year to see the planet Saturn. It’s closest to Earth and up all night. When a planet is in such circumstances, it’s said to be in opposition because it’s opposite in the sky from the sun. If you’re looking for Saturn at ten at night, imagine where the sun would be at ten in the morning and there you’ll find the ringed planet.
The exact date of opposition this year is April 28. But if your skies are cloudy that morning or that night or if there’s some other reason you can’t look at the night sky then, you don’t have to worry about missing the show. The planet will look just as good now until several weeks later.
Look in the east after sunset. You’ll see three bright objects rising. The orange star Arcturus will be on the left. Bluish Spica will be on the right. Yellow Saturn will be below them ...