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See elusive Saturn in the weekend sky

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Sky and Telescope reminds us that this weekend the waning (shrinking) moon will help point us to Saturn. Saturn can be difficult to find without something to offer a bit of perspective and direction. For the complete story, visit Sky and Telescope here.

The graphics and information in this story are from SkyandTelescope.com.

11 p.m. view

Friday, March 29

  • The waning Moon rises in the east quite late this evening. Look above it for the planet Saturn.
  • This is the time of year when the dim Little Dipper juts to the right from Polaris (the Little Dipper's handle-end) during evening hours. The much brighter Big Dipper curls over high above it, "dumping water" into it.

    9 p.m. view

    Jupiter used to shine between Aldebaran and the Pleiades. But now it's moving eastward against the background stars and starting to leave them behind.

    Saturday, March 30

  • Early Sunday morning, telescope users south of a line from central Florida through Oregon can watch the double star Beta Scorpii, magnitudes 2.6 and 4.8, emerge from behind the dark limb of the waning gibbous Moon. Map and timetables (for the bright component; the faint star emerges up to a minute or two earlier. Times are in Universal Time. Scroll down there to find the Reappearance timetable.)
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