Thursday, June 2, 2016

Tonight's Sky for June 2: Saturn at Opposition

Tonight, the planet Saturn, 6th from the Sun, will be at opposition. What does that mean? In short, if viewed from above, the Sun, Earth, and Saturn would be in a straight line in that order, with Saturn exactly opposite the Sun in the sky as seen from Earth. End result: Saturn rises as the Sun sets and Saturn sets as the Sun rises, meaning that Saturn is up all night. Oh yes, opposition technically takes place tomorrow but tomorrow brings a very worthy sight that deserves its own article.

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