On Sunday April 28th Saturn will reach a point along its orbit around the Sun that places it on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, or at opposition. At opposition, with the Earth between Saturn and the Sun, Saturn rises at local sunset time and is above the horizon all night setting at local sunrise time – much like a full Moon.
To help you locate Saturn and to add to your celestial thrills and chills you could recite a spring time astronomers mnemonic that connects the arc-shaped or curved handle of the Big Dipper with the reddish star Arcturus and the bluish-white star Spica. On the way from Arcturus to Spica you will pass above Saturn.
“Follow the arc to Arcturus and then speed to Spica.”
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information.