Thursday September 14th the position of the planet Saturn with respect to the Earth and the Sun places this ringed planet at what is called eastern quadrature. Saturn is at a 90 degree angle from us as this graphic shows. Think first quarter Moon as that is a fair comparison of the relative positions. At this position Saturn follows the Sun across the sky from east to west as the Earth is rotating, meaning that Saturn rises after the Sun and sets after the Sun.
Where is Saturn now? Saturn is over the southern horizon at sunset and is east (to the left) from the reddish star Antares in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion.
Learn a little (or a lot) more about Saturn by visiting the Cassini at Saturn mission web site. But hurry as tomorrow the 15th is the last day for the Cassini Orbiter as it is scheduled to plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere.
Click here to go to the Cassini Mission web site.
This is a short 5 minute video I made as part of a live musical performance called “Orbit” that I was part of in May 2011. This is a piece from the much longer tour of the solar system performance and video and shows Saturn and some of its moons as viewed from the Cassini spacecraft that month.