Look Up: Saturn will appear brighter than usual in night sky

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During opposition, Saturn, the sun and Earth are in a straight line, with Earth in the middle.

Saturn will rise in the east-southeast and set in the west-northwest, and at around 1 a.m. local daylight time, it will be visible in the southern region of the sky.

Saturn's rings won't be visible to the naked eye, but if you peer at the planet using a telescope, "the rings will seem to surge in brightness", due to the sunlight, National Geographic said. This will make for great views of the second largest planet in our Solar System.

As a result, Saturn will be brighter than it usually appears in our night sky. If you can't see the planet tonight don't worry it will be visible for several more weeks, but tonight is just the theoretical "peak" since we are at opposition.

On Tuesday night, most onlookers in the US will be able to watch Saturn up above: Clear skies are expected for the Northeast, southern Plains, and West regions.

A telescope or even binoculars will reveal Saturn's rings, which are made up of billions of ice particles that can be microscopically tiny - or as big as a boulder.

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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