Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tonight's Sky for July 17: Saturn Sets 5 Hours After the Sun


Saturn is sinking, but don't panic! Tonight, the ringed wonder, which reached opposition on May 10, will now be setting 5 hours after the Sun, meaning that Saturn will be well placed for viewing in the South-Southwestern sky as the sky gets dark. To see Saturn, look about a third of the way up from horizon to zenith (straight up) about an hour after sunset. That bright 'star' is, in fact, the planet Saturn. For more fun, bring out the telescope as even a 60mm department store scope will clearly reveal the planet's rings. Bigger scope? Bigger detail!

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