"Saturn at its Best Since the '70's"

Scheduled air date: 2002 Feb 25-Mar 03

Although it has been a few months since the planet Saturn was at opposition—directly opposite the Sun as viewed from Earth—because it is high in the sky after dark and its rings are presently "wide open," it is still appearing at its best since the 1970's.
(The image at left represents an over-head view of our Solar System at the end of February.  The positions of Earth and Saturn are also shown for Saturn's opposition last December.)

Looking high in the south-southwestern sky shortly after dark, the planet Saturn appears in the constellation Taurus, to the upper-right of the constellation Orion.  The planets Jupiter and Mars can also be seen.
(Shown about an hour after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.) 

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Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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