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Look up tonight! Saturn is in opposition



Your guide to the night sky presents the planet Saturn tonight. From our point of view here on Earth, Saturn is in opposition. This means that the Sun and Saturn are opposite in our horizon.

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Institute for Space Science

Why is it important? Well, if you admire looking at the night sky, you will get beautiful views over the next few weeks. Since the Earth is currently between the Sun and Saturn, Saturn will rise above the eastern horizon at sunset. Saturn will "fix" in the western sky as the sun rises to the east in the morning.

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You will be able to easily see the planet Saturn only with your sight, but to see the famous rings of the planet, you will need a telescope. The time has come to find your local science center and see if it organizes events.

NASA Ames

Saturn crossed the "opposition" on Tuesday around 17:00 UTC. This translates to 1 pm Eastern Tuesday and 10 pm Pacific. If you have a cloudy night tonight, do not worry! Saturn will be bright and visible to the naked eye until the end of July and August. Look in the constellation Sagittarius where Saturn will shine brightly over the next few nights.

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Institute for Space Science

If you have the right tools to capture an image of the planet, we'd love to see it! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Steve Glazier, Meteorologist, for WeatherNation


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