Saturn

NASA Image of Saturn



SATURN IN MAY

Use our interactive sky map HERE to find out if you can see Saturn right now!


Warning!

Be careful when viewing Saturn if it is close to the Sun. The Sun can damage your eyes so ensure it has not risen before attempting to view Saturn. Never look at the Sun through a telescope without using a special solar filter. Even catching a quick glimpse of it whilst searching for a nearby planet could cause irreparable damage.


A bit about Saturn

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun, it is the second largest in the solar system! 

It is a gas giant with 62 moons (9 of which have yet to be named).

Saturn is nine times the size of Earth!

The first time Saturn observed was in 1610 by Galileo Galilei.


Equipment needed

No fancy equipment needed to view Saturn, it can be seen with the naked eye!

Take a look through a telescope and you can view the beautiful rings, an amazing sight!

If you are lucky you may spot some of the Moons too!


When & where to see Saturn this month

Saturn can be seen rising around 01.00 in the South East at the start of the month, and around 23:45 towards the end of the month.  It is lost to the Sun in the South at around 4:30 at the start of the month and 5.00 towards the end of the month.

For most of the month you can see Mars to the left of Saturn!

This image shows the location of Saturn at 03:00am on the 17th of May.

This image is a screen shot from Stellarium, a fantastic piece of free software.

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