Saturn has returned to our evening skies. This amazing view is one that we on Earth never get to see. It is a picture of Saturn with the sun behind it, backlighting its rings. It was imaged by NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft as it explored space around Saturn. Although all of the giant planets have rings, Saturn is the only planet whose rings can be seen from Earth. Saturn can be seen low in the southeast after sunset. It was at opposition on July 9. Opposition is the time when a planet appears on the opposite side of Earth from the sun. It rises in the east as the sun sets in the west and it is visible all night long.

To see Saturn, Jupiter and other celestial wonders, come to the Insperity Observatory for Public Night on the first Friday of each month from sunset to 10 p.m.: humbleisd.net/observatory.

Aaron Clevenson
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I am the observatory director at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD. I am also an adjunct astronomy professor at Lone Star College-Montgomery where I teach solar system astronomy and stars and galaxies astronomy. I am the author of the astronomy textbook, “Astronomy for Mere Mortals.” I am a past president of the North Houston Astronomy Club, and was the chair of Astronomy Day in Southeast Texas in 2015 and 2016. He is an observing program director with The Astronomical League, coordinates their Master Observer Progression Awards, and has authored six of their observing programs.