16
SEP
2017

Goodbye Cassini. Hello Saturn

On 15 September 2017 NASA’s Cassini space probe death-dived into Saturn’s atmosphere. It was a fiery exit for humankind’s most successful space mission. For thirteen years little Cassini, no larger than a removals truck, danced its way around the giant Saturnian syst
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19
MAR
2017

Find Saturn in the March Morning Sky

Saturn is visible from the UK in March 2017. You need to be up early to spot it. Best time to find Saturn is between 4am to daybreak in the March morning sky. Look for a bright star-like object low down towards your south-east. Saturn shines with a pale yellow light and is easy to spo
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18
SEP
2016

Last Chance to See Saturn in the Autumn Sky for 2016

September and October 2016 give us a final opportunity to see Saturn in the evening sky this year. As night falls across the UK the ringed planet is found low to the south-west horizon as a bright star-like object to the naked eye, almost forming a short horizontal line across the sky
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18
AUG
2016

Saturn, Mars and Antares Line Up in the August Evening Sky

24 August 2016 sees a rare alignment of Saturn, Mars and the red supergiant Antares in the evening sky above the UK and Europe. Look low towards your south-west as darkness falls for three bright points of light in a short vertical line down towards the horizon. All three objects are
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09
JUN
2016

How to Find Mars and Saturn in June 2016

Mars and Saturn are at their best in the UK evening sky during June 2016. Both planets are easy to find with the naked eye low down towards your local southern horizon. They are in fact so bright that you can see Mars and Saturn in the twilight sky before it is fully dark. Mars is fir
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27
MAR
2016

Watch Comet 252P/LINEAR 2016 Emerge in the Morning Sky

Are you ready for a surprise bright comet to emerge in the morning sky over the UK? Comet 252P/LINEAR 2016 has defied astronomers’ predictions with an outburst in activity this March and is many times brighter than expected. On the night of 21-22 March 2016 this huge chunk of di
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05
FEB
2016

Find Mars and Saturn Ahead of Sunrise in February 2016

February 2016 sees both Mars and Saturn visible from the UK in the morning sky ahead of sunrise. Look towards your south from 5am until daybreak. The two brightest star-like objects that you see in this direction about +20 degrees above the horizon will be Mars and Saturn. Saturn is t
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09
JAN
2016

Look for Mars, Saturn and Venus in the January Morning Sky

Clear and frosty January mornings this year are the perfect time to look for Mars, Saturn and Venus ahead of sunrise. Mars is easiest to see. It hangs almost due south in the morning sky about +25 degrees above the horizon between 6am – 7am. Look for a rusty-red coloured star-li
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08
SEP
2015

September’s Final Chance to See Saturn in the Evening Sky

September 2015 is the final chance to see Saturn in the evening sky this year. The ringed planet is found low down towards the south-west horizon at dusk. Look for a pale yellow star-like object with the naked eye in this direction. Make sure you don’t confuse it with the bright
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19
AUG
2015

Saturn and a Half Moon in the Sky on Saturday 22 August

This Saturday 22 August sky watchers across Europe will be treated to a spectacular view of a half moon cast in the evening sky very close to Saturn. From the UK the event is best seen at dusk when Saturn and the moon are at their closest point. Look to your south-west for Saturday
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