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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

 

Opposition of Saturn, Sunday, February 24

Location of Saturn as seen from looking north-east Adelaide at 10:00 pm ACDST on Sunday February 24. Similar views will be seen at the same equivalent time in the rest of the Southern hemisphere (click to enlarge). Inset: orientation of Saturn's rings.

Saturn is at opposition on Sunday 24 February. At this time it is at it's largest and brightest as seen from Earth. This is a perfect time to observe Saturn with a small telescope. If you don't have a scope, try to get to one of your local astronomical societies or public observatories Open Days. Unlike Mars, whose diameter changes rapidly at opposition, Saturn's diameter changes slowly, and will be good viewing for some time.

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