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Skywatch: Saturn shines brightly this week!

The ringed planet reaches opposition this week.
First Quarter Moon

We welcome the First Quarter Moon on Tuesday morning at 6:55 a.m. That means you’ll have an opportunity to see what is roughly a half moon on both Monday and Tuesday nights.

Courtesy: NASA

The month of July 2019 can also be called the “month of Saturn." That’s because the planet reaches opposition this month. This will happen on Tuesday afternoon at roughly 1:00 p.m. When a planet is at opposition, it appears opposite the sun in the sky when viewed from Earth. Because of this, Saturn will appear at its biggest and brightest for the year.

Saturn & Jupiter meet

Look in the south to southwestern sky in the evening on Tuesday around 11 p.m. to get a great show. Saturn will appear as a bright star and Jupiter will be just above and left of the ringed planet.

Jupiter meets up with our moon this week

On Friday night, you can use the moon to help you find Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system. It’ll be just below and left of our satellite, shining brightly. Happy hunting!