Saturn to be closest to earth between April 4 and May 3
HYDERABAD: Amateur star gazers have a great opportunity to spot planet Saturn in the night sky, as it will be brightest, biggest and closest to earth between April 4 and May 13. The size of the planet will progressively decrease but will be visible in the night sky till September.
Known as Saturn opposition, Sun, earth and Saturn will be opposite each other because of which Saturn will be fully illuminated by the Sun and will appear disc-like, a press release from Planetary Society of India (PSI) said.
The planet can be spotted with naked eye. “As the Sun sets in west, one can see Saturn rise in the east and visible all through the night. Public can spot the planet in the evening skies after sunset till September 2011. One simply has to look opposite to the sunset to see Saturn,” said founder secretary, PSI, N. Sri Raghunanadan Kumar.
To create awareness among students and general public, PSI will take up Saturn Observation Campaign 2011. For details call: 93475/11132/92953-52988 or email to planetarysociety.