On 28th April
2013 at 1.57 p.m. Planet Saturn would be at Opposition to Sun i.e. it
will be directly opposite to Sun from our viewpoint on Earth.
In other words during course its journey around Sun Planet Earth will have a Faceoff with Planet Saturn
as it would leave behind its neighbor in the celestial race as days pass on. Due
to opposition Planet Saturn will be
closest, biggest (from Telescope) & brightest (as can be observed by
anyone) it can get in year 2013 on 28th April 2013.
Further due to opposition Saturn can be seen all through night. If one can
see he/she would notice as Sun Sets
in the West Saturn will rise in the East. As Sunrises in the East Saturn Sets
The Next “Opposition of Saturn” will occur on 10 May, 2014 whereas the last time
it was at Opposition was on 15th
April, 2012. Presently its shining at
0.9 Magnitude and shall remain so till 9th June 2013.
Closest approach: Because
of Phenomena of Opposition Planet Saturn would be brightest and closest it can
get to earth on 28th April, 2013
it will be at 8.816 AU =
1319 million Km. this close encounter is a consequence of the orbits the
Earth and Saturn take around the Sun. The Minimum
Distance from Saturn to Earth is
1195 Million km whereas Maximum Distance
is 1658 Million Km.
- Naked Eye: General Public can spot the Saturn with naked
eye after sunset. Half hour after Sunset
looking towards the sky opposite direction to sunset, in the evening one can spot Planet Saturn between East and South East
Whereas at midnight
one can see close to Zenith i.e. above his head while in the morning it can be spotted between West
and South West Direction.
will appear: Saturn would appear as bright non-twinkling star like
object for naked eye. However when seen
from Telescope it would appear Biggest it
can get in year 2013. Importantly one can appreciate its finest features along
with magnificent rings if seen
Observation with Astronomical Telescopes – Invitation to
Schools/ Summer Camp Organizers:
continuing its efforts society is happy to announce SATURN OBSERVATION CAMPAIGN INDIA 2013 which aims to Create
Awareness about Saturn. Society as a
part of this Campaign (28th April to 17th October 2013) likes to
conduct Observations at various places in the city/state with the help of its
Astronomical telescopes. Society invites schools/Organizers of Summer Camps/Individuals
and other organizations at to write to us email@example.com with a request to host.
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