|2018-January Saturn ⬅︎|
| Saturn is close to the sun in our sky all month but the sun is moving eastward and away from it. So the best viewing is in late Jan. Look SE in dawn twilight right before the sun rises. (see above). Saturn's next opposition, when it will appear at its brightest, is on June 27, 2018.
Saturn is the dimmest of the naked-eye planets but if you know where to look, it is fairly easy to find, appearing pale yellow and brighter than most stars.
Because Saturn takes 30 years to orbit the sun, it moves very slowly in our sky -- one constellation every two to three years. Once you learn its location, you'll know where to look for years to come.
Binoculars & Telescope
Saturn's extensive system of ring is an awesome sight to behold in a telescope. The angle of the rings changes slowly over time. Look for the dark Cassini division, bands in the atmosphere and numerous moons with Titan being the brightest. Warning: never use optical aid to view at dawn since the sun might rise while viewing and cause severe eye damage.
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