While Venus and Jupiter continue to separate in the west, Saturn still shines in Libra toward the south. Although it’s been over a month since opposition, when it was at its best for the year, the planet is still a breathtaking sight in a telescope. Even a small telescope will reveal the rings and maybe even a bright moon or two. As an added bonus, the rings are currently wide open, making it easier to see the shadow of the planet against the rings themselves – something that’s not so readily apparent when the rings appear more edge-on toward us.
Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
01:07 UT – The just-past last quarter Moon passes Uranus. (Uranus: magnitude 5.8, diameter 3.5”. Pisces, pre-dawn sky.)
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