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Moon close to Saturn on December 25 and 26
Saturn reached its yearly opposition on August 14, 2022. That’s when Earth was passing between Saturn and the solar, putting the ringed planet reverse the solar in our sky. Now Earth has moved on in its smaller, sooner orbit across the solar, and Saturn is now not seen all night time.
So, in December 2022, we within the Northern Hemisphere are seeing Saturn low within the southwestern sky at dusk (it’s northward, or nearer to overhead, as seen from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere). And, in late December, Saturn units a little bit after 8 p.m. native time … that’s the time in your clock irrespective of the place you might be on the globe.
Nevertheless, Saturn has pale a bit from its most brightness for the yr, which occurred across the time of opposition in August. However the planet continues to be shining at a shiny +0.8 magnitude, making it as shiny or brighter than the brightest stars.
Even small telescopes will reveal Saturn’s superb rings. Plus, with a telescope, you may catch a glimpse of a number of of Saturn’s 83 moons.
Saturn is within the constellation Capricornus
Saturn is at the moment positioned within the dim constellation Capricornus the Sea-Goat. The moon can lead you to Saturn, after which Saturn may help you discover the faint constellation Capricornus. Nevertheless, Capricornus will probably be troublesome to see within the night twilight.
By the way in which, Capricornus is likely one of the 12 constellations of the zodiac. As a result of its stars are solely third and 4th magnitude, it’s too dim to see besides underneath dark skies. Nevertheless, this constellation has a particular form – that of an arrowhead – making it’s straightforward to select in case your sky is darkish.
Backside line: Search for a slender waxing crescent moon close to Saturn on the evenings of December 25 and 26, 2022. Saturn is within the dim constellation Capricornus the Sea Goat.