Sunday, March 18, 2012

Saturn This Week

The planet Saturn rises each night this week at around 9:30 PM local daylight time. It appears at its highest in the south around 3 AM. The ringed planet shines at magnitude 0.3 and stands out against the backdrop of the constellation Virgo the Maiden, just 6° east-northeast of its brightest star, magnitude 1.0 Spica. When viewed through a telescope, the planet measures 19" across while the rings span 43" and tilt 15° to our line of sight.


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