Sunday, April 28, 2013


Saturn in Opposition

Those of you with pitiful little backyard telescopes gathering dust in the garage or closet might want to break them out tonight and look at Saturn in the Virgo constellation near bright star Spica. Here, in false color, is what you're looking for.

Notice the storm in the high temperate zone north which extends almost all the way around the planet.
The teal thin line across the middle of the photograph are rings which throw a shadow on the south tropics. Although all the planets in our solar system past Mars have these rings, only Saturn's are easily seen.


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