Saturn in opposition Tuesday night, planet and its rings visible depending on weather visibility


This image provided by NASA is a Hubble Space Telescope close-up view of Saturn’s disk captures the transit of several moons across the face of the gas giant planet. The giant orange moon Titan – larger than the planet Mercury – can be seen at upper right. The white icy moons close to the ring plane are, from left,Enceladus, Dione, and Mimas, at right edge of the plaent. The dark band running across the face of the planet slightly above the rings is the shadow of the rings cast on the planet. The dark dots as the shadows cast by Enceladus and Dione. (AP Photo/NASA)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Look up to the sky Tuesday night for a chance to see Saturn, its rings and possibly its moons.

The planet is in opposition, according to multiple sources. NASA says this means Saturn and the Sun are on opposite sides of the Earth. It will also be as close to the Earth as it can get all year long making this the best time to observe.

Multiple sources say to look in the southeastern portion of the sky to find Saturn. The planet will rise in the east around sunset. You will be able see it with your naked eye but to see the rings, you will need a telescope.

The moons, of course, will be smaller. But Titan is its biggest and brightest, which will be easier to see. It’s also recommended to use a telescope for those, as well.

Weather is a factor too. Our meteorologists expect it to be conducive for viewing.

Check Austin’s forecast tonight to maximize your chances.

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