Saturn will be at its biggest and brightest this Friday
Attention, stargazers: go outside and get a view of Saturn.
The planet will be extremely bright and fully illuminated by the Sun. You may even notice that its rings look brighter than usual thanks to a phenomenon known as the Seeliger Effect and will be visible in even small aperture telescopes. You may even see one of it’s moons.
“When you look at Saturn through a telescope, you can’t help but see several of its four brightest moons — Rhea, Tethys, Dione, Titan — and maybe more,” Linda Spilker, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said. “If you just see one, that’s Titan.”
Saturn reaches opposition around 3 a.m. Eastern time, but the best time to look for it will be after midnight your local time when it is highest in the night sky.
At 840 million miles away, Saturn is the farthest planet you can see with the naked eye.
The planet will be visible for all of June and into the next month, and appears as a yellow-gold star within the constellation Ophiuchus and left of Mars, which reached its own opposition earlier this week.