Tonight: See Saturn at Its Best and Brightest for the Year

first_img Summer is a prime time for mesmerizing celestial sights, and on Tuesday, July 9, Saturn will be extremely bright and light up the night sky.The massive, ringed planet will be visible on Tuesday, and even though having a telescope will offer better views, skywatchers won’t really need one on hand, since Saturn will be experiencing opposition, AccuWeather.com reported. Opposition is the position in Saturn’s orbit when it is closest to our planet, making it easily visible in the night sky.On Tuesday night, most onlookers in the U.S. will be able to watch Saturn up above: Clear skies are expected for the Northeast, southern Plains, and West regions. Unfortunately, rain and clouds might block this celestial sight in the Midwest, Southeast and West Coast areas of North America. If bad weather blocks Saturn’s stellar views, onlookers can still observe the planet for the rest of the month, since it will be illuminated and appear in the same area of the sky.Tuesday night will be the best night of the year to see #Saturn as it reaches opposition. But will you be able to see it? Cloud cover forecast: https://t.co/qu6jsM6hGL pic.twitter.com/NKBcCue2Ua— AccuWeatherAstronomy (@AccuAstronomy) July 8, 2019Starting at sunset, Saturn will rise in the southeast and slowly move across the night sky before setting in the southwest direction during the early morning hours on Wednesday. If observers want to see Saturn’s detailed features, including its bizarre rings and Titan, the planet’s icy moon, they will need to use a telescope.July will be full of other opportunities to skywatch Saturn: On the nights of July 16 and July 17, the Full Thunder Moon will be illuminated next to the planet, making both space objects easy to spot in the night sky.More on Geek.com:NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Discovers New Sculpting in Saturn’s RingsNASA’s Cassini Reveals Disappearing Lakes on Saturn’s Titan MoonNASA’s Upcoming Dragonfly Mission Will Explore Titan’s Icy Surface Stay on target Hubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring SystemNASA’s Upcoming Dragonfly Mission Will Explore Titan’s Icy Surface last_img read more