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Saturn (January, 2018) ⬅︎
Saturn is the dimmest of the main naked-eye planets but if you know where to look, it is fairly easy to find, appearing pale yellow and brighter than most objects. Because Saturn takes 30 years to orbit the sun, it moves very slowly in our sky -- one constellation of the zodiac every two to three years. Once you learn its location, you'll know where to look for years to come.

Saturn's extensive system of rings is a magnificent sight to behold in a telescope. Notice the angle of the rings; this changes slowly over time. Look for the dark Cassini division, bands in the atmosphere and numerous moons with Titan being the brightest.
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* Saturn is close to the sun in our sky all month.
* Viewing improves all month as the sun moves E away from Saturn.
* Look SE in dawn twilight before the sun rises. (see above).
* Saturn will be getting brighter as it approaches opposition on June 27, 2018.