SATURN

Sky at Night Magazine - - THE SKY GUIDE -

BEST TIME IN FE­BRU­ARY: 28 Fe­bru­ary, 05:15 UT ALTITUDE: 17º LO­CA­TION: Scor­pius DI­REC­TION: Just east of south An­other morn­ing ob­ject, Saturn just man­ages to cul­mi­nate in dark­ness at the end of the month, but from the UK it is low down. This makes get­ting a sharp view of it tricky as the thick layer of at­mos­phere close to the hori­zon dis­torts fine de­tail. Saturn’s rings are cur­rently very open, the planet’s north pole be­ing tilted to­wards us by 25º. On the 13th, the 38%-lit cres­cent Moon is 2.5º east of the planet, vis­i­ble around 03:30 UT.

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