Saturn And The Strawberry Moon Have A Double Opposition

Skywatchers always look forward to oppositions. That’s when an outer planet lines up on the same side of the sun as the Earth, and the two are closest together for the year. For Saturn that day is Wednesday, June 27. The ringed planet will rise about sunset and shine all night long. Dropping by to…
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A Case Of Conjunction-Itis / Mars Dust Storm Global But Weakening

Over the next week, the waxing and then waning moon will pass three bright planets — Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. First to get a visit will be Jupiter both tonight and tomorrow night (June 23). Saturn follows on June 27 and Mars on the 30th. The moon moves faster across the sky because it’s so…
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Moon, Mars, Saturn Come Together At Dawn

Although Mars and Saturn have parted, they’re still within earshot of each other, separated by less than 3° tomorrow morning (April 7). At the same time, the last quarter moon joins the scene, passing just 1° north of Saturn to make a bright threesome. Saturn’s rings are in full tilt and show clearly in a…
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Two Eggs In A Basket — Mars And Saturn Double Up At Dawn

While we’ve all been waiting for China’s space station to fall, Mars has been sneaking up on Saturn. Have you early-risers noticed this? The two bright planets huddled in the cold dawn just 1.3° apart this morning. Even bright moonlight couldn’t compromise the striking sight. Tomorrow (April 2) they’ll be closest at 1.2° shining together…
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Look Into The ‘Eyes’ Of March / Hello, Space Station!

When I walked outside at dawn this morning, two eyes glared back. Mars and Saturn stand just 5° apart, close enough to catch the eye of even a casual skywatcher. Mars is currently 8½ closer to the Earth than Saturn, so it appears to move more quickly across the sky as it orbits the sun.…
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