MOON AND SATURN

On the evening of Tuesday, July 24, after night falls, look for the waxing gibbous Moon in conjunction with the planet SATURN. This pair of celestial bodies will be very near the “dome” of the “teapot” asterism of the constellation Sagittarius. This point in the sky is very close to the position of the Sun on the winter solstice. So as you’re gazing at the Moon aligned with Saturn, try to imagine that this is how high the Sun will be at noon on the shortest day of the year.

This summer is a great time to view the famous rings of Saturn through a telescope. But don’t waste your money buying a telescope just for that. Visit a local planetarium, astronomy club or planetarium during a public outdoor program. Find a local club at this link: https://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-clubs-organizations/

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