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Bright Tidings From Saturn The Ring Bearer!

8 Jul 2019, 20:00 UTC
Bright Tidings From Saturn The Ring Bearer!
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Saturn shines to the left (east) of the Teapot of Sagittarius just below the “Spoon.” Sagittarius is thick with the Milky Way and many lovely clusters and nebulas, some of which are easily visible in binoculars from dark sky. Bob King
Now that we got Jupiter up and running, it’s time to bring Saturn into the picture. Jupiter reached opposition last month when it passed closest to the Earth for the year. It’s still incredibly bright and will remain a beacon in the southern sky throughout summer and into early fall. But now the focus shifts to the ringed planet which comes to opposition tomorrow, July 9.
Saturn lines up with the Earth and sun at opposition every 1 year 2 weeks. Bob King
On that date, Earth will slide directly between Saturn and the sun, and the two planets will be closest. As always, close is a relative term in astronomy. Saturn lies 840 million miles (1.4 billion km) away. While lacking the eye-blasting power of Jupiter, the largest planet, Saturn still attracts attention. It shines at magnitude 0 (equal to Vega) low in the southeastern sky three fists to the lower left of Jupiter at nightfall from the ...

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