Time is running out if you want to see Saturn in the northern hemisphere as it’s slowly sinking toward the Sun. For those in the United Kingdom, it can be seen in the darkening evening twilight, low over the south-western horizon. The planet sticks around for about three hours after sunset but those in North America will see it for another hour.
The truly lucky ones are those in the southern hemisphere where they are still within their winter months. The planet is nearly overhead (indicated by the Z in the image above) at around 9:00 p.m. and is therefore very well-placed for observation. Even though binoculars an oval shape, caused by its rings, can be seen but through a small telescope the view can be spectacular.
Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
14:53 UT – New Moon. (Leo, not visible.)
18:20 UT – The just-past new Moon passes Venus. (Venus: 1% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, diameter 57.8”. Leo, not visible.)
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