Saturn is extra bright this week

MIAMI VALLEY — Saturn is especially bright this week and that is thanks to the planet being “in opposition.”

All planets orbit around the sun and at times in their orbit, Earth gets caught in the middle. This week, on Aug. 2, the sun, Earth and Saturn all lined up and is helping to create a brighter looking planet in our night sky.

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Being in opposition means that Saturn will rise and set opposite the sun in our sky. At night, Saturn rises in the east as the sun sets in the west.

In the morning, Saturn sets in the west as the sun rises in the east. This means Saturn is shining brightly in our sky all night long. It is even easier to find because it is still moving through the sky very close to Jupiter.

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To find Saturn and Jupiter this week, look to the east/southeastern sky around sunset. If you would rather wake up early, you can catch the pair in the west/southwestern sky before sunrise.

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