Saturn at 2018 Opposition

   Wednesday June 27th the outer planet Saturn reaches its orbital position known as opposition. This is a position which has the faster moving Earth passing Saturn and at opposition is centered between the outer planet and the Sun. Picture the arrangement with the Moon at full phase; Sun – Earth – Moon, and that is similar to the arrangement for Saturn at opposition.

   When an outer planet, like Saturn, reaches opposition that planet rises around local time for sunset and is visible all night. Coincidentally the full Moon will rise with Saturn and be within about 1-2o from Saturn and should make for an interesting view with binoculars or picture.


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