Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tonight's Sky for January 16: Moon Meets Saturn

New to astronomy? Want to see Saturn but don't know where to look? Well, it's your lucky night as the waning crescent Moon will be right next to Saturn this morning.

To see Saturn, just go out before sunrise and look low in the Southeast. The Moon is, of course, impossible to miss. As for Saturn, it's that bright 'star' right next to Luna. The way to tell that Saturn is a planet? Unlike stars, doesn't twinkle thanks to the fact that it shines from reflected light.

In a binoculars, in binoculars, Saturn looks oval in shape. In a telescope (even a cheap one), Saturn's rings will be easily visible. 

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