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Celebrate Saturn at Kitt Peak on Mother's Day

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This time of year is the best time to see Saturn.

It is at opposition, which means the Earth is located between Saturn and the sun.

When Saturn rises in the night sky it reflects sunlight back to Earth making the ringed planet especially bright in the night sky. 

On Sunday evening Kitt Peak National Observatory is hosting a Celebration of Saturn

Kitt Peak National Observatory says "Legend, Lore, History and Science all blend together in this special presentation to welcome the Solar System's most memorable member back to our spring skies."

Children as young as 6 are welcome to the event.

Reservations are required with a boxed dinner provided as part of the program fee.

Kitt Peak National Observatory suggests making reservations right away because attendance is limited to 30 people. 

The cost for the program is Adults $45, Members $40, Kids (ages 6-16) $25, plus Tribal Members can attend for free.  

Call (520) 318-8726 to reserve a spot.

If you have additional questions e-mail Bob Martino, the Program Coordinator at martino@noao.edu, but the above phone number must be called for reservations. 

Kitt Peak National Observatory says "You may cancel at any time up to 48 hours prior to the program date without any penalty. A $20 per person cancellation fee will be charged for those who cancel less than 48 hours prior to the program date. If we are forced to cancel the program ourselves, you will not be charged anything."

Weather would force a cancellation. 

However, the clouds Southeast Arizona will see much of this week are forecasted to clear out of the sky by Sunday. 

Kitt Peak National Observatory says "this program is not handicapped accessible. You must be able to climb one flight of stairs and spend at least ½ hour standing on your feet" and suggests dressing warm. 

The program will be at the Kitt Peak Visitors Center located in the Baboquivari Mountains west of Tucson. 

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