This is Dudley Observatory’s Skywatch Line for Friday, October 18, through Sunday, October 20, written by Sam Salem. On Friday, Sun rises at 7:12am and sets at 6:09pm; the waning gibbous Moon rises at 9:18pm and sets at 11:48am. Saturn, at magnitude 0.5, resides among the background stars of constellation Sagittarius the Archer, 25 degrees high in the south-southwest as twilight fades to darkness. It appears significantly brighter than any of its host constellation’s stars. Even a small telescope shows Saturn’s disk and spectacular ring system, which spans 37 arc-seconds and tilts 25 degrees to our line of sight. Saturn… Continue reading
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