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The ringed-planet Saturn is in opposition on Sunday, closer to the Earth than at any other time in the past year. You can find Saturn rising in the eastern sky, soon after sunset. Saturn is in the zodiacal constellation Virgo, near the bright star Spica.
It takes Saturn 29.5 years to circle the sun, and it spends about two years in each of the 12 zodiac constellations. Saturn is moving slowly through Virgo and will be there for another year.
Saturn’s distance from the earth gets as close as 814 million miles to as far away as 940 million miles.
Last Quarter Moon
Tomorrow morning’s first quarter moon appears between the constellations Sagittarius and Capricornus. The moon spends the next week mostly in the early morning sky. It moves through Aquarius on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, the moon appears at dawn high in the east.
The most popular constellation in our night sky is the easiest to find. The Big Dipper is high overhead at about 10 o’clock. The Big Dipper, gets its name from what it looks like. But its real mythological name is Ursa Major, which means big bear. The handle of the “Big Dipper” is the big bear’s long curved tail. The stars making up the Big Dipper are bright and easy to pick out.