Saturn reaches its meeting with the sun in the sky of the Earth today at about nine o’clock in the morning Kingdom time, where the Earth will be between Saturn and the sun, and the face of Saturn is lit 100% by sunlight, and it will be watched all night at its best, which is the best time to watch and photograph Saturn and its moons. .
The head of the Astronomical Society in Jeddah, Eng. Majed Abu Zahra, said that Saturn will be at the closest distance about five hours after the encounter to Earth occurred at 2:08 pm Saudi time, and it will be at a distance of 8.9 astronomical units (1,336,706 million km), which means that in fact it is not Nowhere near us at all in space.
He added that the planet Saturn will be observed above the southeast horizon after sunset and the beginning of the night, where it will appear as a golden point to the naked eye, its luminosity is (0.1 +) – the same as the brightness of the star Al-Ayouq – and near it the bright Jupiter, and it reaches the highest point in the sky at about midnight and will set In the southwest at sunrise.”
Abu Zahira pointed out that when observing Saturn through a medium-sized or larger telescope, its rings and a number of its large moons can be seen. Frozen ranging in size from dust to large pieces,
The sun’s rays scattered directly from the ice particles cause the ring system to shine more than usual for a few days near the encounter.
He stated that Saturn is the sixth planet in terms of distance from the sun, and it is the farthest planet in our solar system that can be easily seen with the naked eye. Its diameters are greater than 50 km, so this planet is a beautiful world in every sense of the word when viewed through a telescope.