Saturn visible this week

Saturn visible this week
Source: EarthSky.com

ARKLATEX (KSLA) - The sixth planet from the sun, Saturn, will be visible Wednesday.

The second-largest planet in the solar system will be at what scientists call opposition.

In other words, the Earth will be directly between the sun and Saturn.

This will occur at 8 a.m. Central.

The weather will be perfect for viewing: mostly clear skies Wednesday morning with temperatures in the mid- to upper 70s.

Saturn will rise in the East as the sun sets and will be visible all night long. It will be at its highest at midnight before starting to set around sunrise the next day.

This will be the closest Saturn will be to us. The planet also will be at its brightest.

Although you need a small telescope to see Saturn's rings, you still can see the planet with the naked eye. This means a telescope with 25x zoom.

Fun fact: Only planets that lie outside Earth's orbit can be at opposition. This mean that only Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune can be at opposition to Earth.

Mercury and Venus are inside and never will to be able to be directly between the Sun and Earth.

Now, how close will the planets be? Normally, the Earth and Saturn are 10 times as far as the Earth is to the Sun. So that's 10 times 93 million miles. Let's just say the planets sit very far apart.

Now if you don't get an opportunity to see Saturn at opposition, don't worry.

The planet will be visible in the night sky all the way through December.

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