Sunday, March 8, 2009
SATURN SIGHTINGS at it's brightest
Good evening my fellow stargazers today is a special kind of Sunday!
Saturn is out to make a star studded appearance on our planet Earth and all you would need to do is look towards the western horizon.
This is the best time to observe a planet because:
• It is visible almost all night.
• Its orbit brings it closest to the Earth, making it appear bigger and brighter.
Clearly Saturn will be in it’s opposition a term used in positional astronomy and astrology to indicate when one celestial body is on the opposite side of the sky and once it is viewed from Earth , the planet’s longitude will differ by exactly 180 degrees.
After 15 years, tonight Saturn will be appearing to us, “edge up” meaning its rings will not be visible.
Instead a few faint lines will cross over Saturn allowing us to see its moons much clearer.
For avid stargazers you will be able to use your telescopes to spot the brightest of Saturn’s moons, Titan, which happens to be, 3200 mile wide.
Till next time this is latest in what’s going on in our skies, if you spot Saturn let me know. If you have pictures of your findings even better! Feel free to submit any if possible.
As Mr. Horkheimer always says “keep looking up”.