If you’ve always wanted a bigger, brighter look at Saturn, this week may be your best bet.
The Ringed Planet hits a milestone for 2021 when it switches to opposition around 1 a.m. on August 2, which happens once a year, according to EarthSky.org.
“In contrast, Saturn rises in the east at sunset, rises highest for the night, and sets in the west at sunrise,” EarthSky said.
Saturn will move directly in front of Earth’s Sun and can be seen all night long, according to NASA. The planet will also be at its peak and will reach its highest point in the sky around midnight.
If you’re hoping to get an up-close glimpse of Saturn and its rings, you’ll likely need a telescope, Farmer’s Almanac said.
And, if you miss this example of seeing Saturn, don’t worry. You will also be able to see Saturn in the evening sky during the rest of August and the rest of the year.
“Saturn and Jupiter will remain fairly close to each other on the dome of the sky throughout 2021. They will remain fixed elements of the evening sky for the remainder of the year,” according to EarthSky.
To learn more about Saturn and when to see it, click here.
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