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See Saturn's rings as it begins its closest pass by Earth

See Saturn's rings as it begins its closest pass by Earth”

On July 9, Saturn will reach opposition, which means it will be "directly opposite to the sun from Earth's perspective", at its closest point to Earth and in full sunlight, according to National Geographic. Because of this position, the planet in the night sky will appear extra bright.

Beginning Tuesday, Saturn will be at opposition, meaning it will rise opposite the sun in the Earth's sky.

You can also catch a glimpse of some of Saturn's moons, including Titan, its largest (and brightest) if you use a telescope.

Binoculars aren't enough to see Saturn's rings but even just a modest telescope should be enough.

Saturn will be visible in the southeast sky Tuesday, according to EarthSky, and can be spotted in the "teapot" of the Sagittarius constellation. If observers want to see Saturn's detailed features, including its freakish rings and Titan, the planet's icy moon, they will need to use a telescope.

Start out looking east around sunset, look higher up around midnight and then look west by sunrise Wednesday morning.

Saturn's opposition will provide good views of the planet during July, August and September.

July will be full of other opportunities to skywatch Saturn: On the nights of July 16 and July 17, the Full Thunder Moon will be illuminated next to the planet, making both space objects easy to spot in the night sky.



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