Opposition of Saturn

Tomorrow night (9/7/2019) Saturn will be opposite the Sun in the evening sky. It will rise at sunset and set at sunrise, which given the short nights does not give you a lot of time to observe it. At its highest, the planet will only get to about 16 degrees above the horizon. Unfortunately this means the views won’t be great, but at least the rings will be open. See how many of its moons you can spot.

Also visible are the Moon and Jupiter, just a few degrees apart. This will make it easy to tell Saturn from Jupiter as Saturn will be the bright object on its own.

Trailing about 5 degrees behind Saturn is tiny Pluto. This will be much harder to spot and you will need a large scope to see the dwarf planet. You should plot it’s position over several nights to be sure it is Pluto you’ve seen and not a faint star.

Clear skies.

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