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.