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05/15/2017

SEE SATURN: When And Where To Look...

Saturn is now visible before midnight, rising around 11:30 pm in early May and by 9:30 p.m. later in the month. The best time to see Saturn is when it is highest in the sky. That's after midnight, low in the southeast sky. By 4:00 am, it is due South in the Constellation of Sagittarius, very close to the border of Ophiuchus!

With the naked eye, you will notice a golden, bright object. Through your telescope, you may see some of Saturn's cloud bands and even a glimpse at Saturn's north polar region. John Chumack, an amateur astronomer from Ohio, recently shared an amazing image he captured of Saturn with 8 of its many moons. This picture is simply stunning! 

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We have to give a HUGE thanks to John for this amazing photo and all of the useful info...

The distance to Saturn from our planet is constantly changing as both of the planets travel through space. When Earth & Saturn are closest, they are approximately 746 million miles or 1.2 billion kilometers apart, that is about eight times the distance between the Earth and the Sun.

The Moons of Saturn and (Brightness) magnitudes left to right:
Brightest Moon is Titan 8th mag., Dione 10th mag., Mimas 12.5 mag., Enceladus 11.5 mag., Tethys 10th mag., Rhea 9th mag., Hyperion 14th mag., Iapetus 10.5 mag.

 

 

-Rick DeLuca

Rick

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