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How to See Planet Saturn Through a Telescope

20 May 2021, 11:16 UTC
How to See Planet Saturn Through a Telescope
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Saturn is named for the Roman god of agriculture, who is also the father of Jupiter. Saturn is the farthest planet from Earth to be discovered in ancient times. That’s because, along with Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter, Saturn is visible with the naked eye. People have been enjoying views of Saturn for thousands of years, and it remains one of the best planets for amateur astronomers to investigate from the comfort of their own backyard. With a little bit of knowledge, you can look at Saturn unaided, but with the right equipment, you can really see the ringed gas giant.

Because it is so large, Saturn is incredibly easy to see with a simple telescope. There are few more beautiful sights available to amateur astronomers than Saturn’s surface and the rings that surround the planet. If you want to learn everything you need to know to get a view of the sixth planet from the sun, read on.

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