Saturn easier than usual to spot in May - Tucson News Now

Saturn easier than usual to spot in May

If you have a small telescope, you should have no problem seeing the stunningly beautiful rings of Saturn. (Source: NASA) If you have a small telescope, you should have no problem seeing the stunningly beautiful rings of Saturn. (Source: NASA)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun, but one of the trickiest to find in the night sky. It is the farthest planet that is easily visible to the naked eye, according to earthsky.org.   

Despite its enormous size, Saturn is often tricky to spot in the night sky due to its considerable distance from the Earth. Saturn is easier to spot than usual this month due to its proximity to the planet Mars and the star Antares. Antares is the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius, which appears as follows...

(Source: earthsky.org)

Mars will be very bright and noticeable this month and should help guide you to the dimmer and golden-colored Saturn. Mars will rise within a couple of hours of sunset, with Saturn coming up shortly afterward. For that reason, Mars will be higher in the sky during the mid to late evening hours than Mars.  

Mars will have a very noticeable red appearance to it, while Saturn will have a faint golden appearance. If you have a small telescope, you should have no problem seeing the stunningly beautiful rings of Saturn as well.

Mars, Saturn and Antares will form a triangle in the night sky. Good luck and happy sky watching! 

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