04:00 BST on 04 May

All About Space - - Stargazer -

Con­stel­la­tion: Sagit­tar­ius

Mag­ni­tude: 0.4


Saturn doesn’t rise above the south east­ern hori­zon un­til af­ter mid­night this month. When it does fi­nally show it­self, look­ing like a gold-hued star shin­ing just above the ‘han­dle’ of the fa­mous Teapot of Sagit­tar­ius, it will not get very high in the sky. It will trace out a low arc above the south­ern hori­zon be­fore the sky be­comes too bright be­fore sun­rise to see it any more. Be­fore it fades from view it will be an easy naked-eye ob­ject. Look for the wan­ing gib­bous Moon shin­ing 8 de­grees to Saturn’s up­per right on the morn­ing of 4 May, and just three and a half de­grees to the planet’s up­per left the next morn­ing.

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