Saturn Will Shine Brilliantly on Friday Evening

posted: 05/21/15
by: Danny Clemens
Saturn at its equinox
NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Break out your telescopes! Stargazers will have a stunning view of Saturn this Friday evening, May 22nd, around 10:00 P.M. EDT (2:00 A.M. GMT on Saturday). At that time, Earth will be directly between the Sun and the ringed planet, an arrangement known as Saturn's opposition to the Sun.

As the Sun sets at dusk, Saturn will rise into the night sky, as close to Earth as it will be all year, and glow brilliantly throughout the evening.

A telescope is necessarily to fully appreciate the stunning view of the planet, its rings and 8 of its moons. According to Astronomy Now, a 60mm refractor is "more than adequate to distinguish Saturn's globe and encompassing rings".

For those without a telescope, community observatory Slooh will offer a free live-stream of the event from its Canary Islands telescope beginning at 8:00 P.M. EDT on Friday. Commentary from astronomers will accompany the live show.

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Saturn's Rings

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