Saturn at its Best!

Saturn is easy to find an hour after sunset on mid-August evenings.    At 10:00 p.m it will be about 27 degrees up off the southern horizon.  It appears to the naked eye as a moderately bright, beige-colored "star."

In small telescopes, it blooms into a glorious gem.  This year, the North pole of the planet is tilted as far towards us as they get.  Its enormous rings- which are so big that they would just squeeze in the gap between the Earth and our Moon- are at their best right now. 

if you have a small telescope, why not take a look!

And, next year, be sure to visit the John Glenn Astronomy Park, when our giant telescope is up and running.

 Saturn as seen in the southern sky just after 10:00 p.m. during the middle of August.

Saturn as seen in the southern sky just after 10:00 p.m. during the middle of August.

 Saturn, as imaged by Columbus Astronomical Society Member  Joe Renzetti  on August 8, 2017.

Saturn, as imaged by Columbus Astronomical Society Member Joe Renzetti on August 8, 2017.

Brad Hoehne