Friday, May 17, 2013

Heads up, Saturn Lovers

From that amazing site EarthSky. Seriously, check it out.

Golden Saturn as seen by the Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1980

The best time to see the planet Saturn in 2013 is now! Saturn will be out nearly all night for most of May. Why is Saturn so good to view this month? The reason is that we passed between Saturn and the sun in late April. At that time, Saturn was opposite the sun as seen from Earth. Now Earth has moved on slightly in its orbit, so that Saturn appears in our eastern sky as soon as darkness falls.

To find Saturn in 2013, first locate the Big Dipper in the northern sky. 
Let it guide you to the star Spica. Then look for Saturn near Spica.

1 comment:

  1. One of the hazards of living in the mountains is that I'd have to go five miles down the road just to get a clear space to see Saturn. That's why I always miss those cool meteor showers.