Title: Saturn & Jupiter in Opposition
Date / Time: August 2021
Comments: The gas giant planets Saturn & Jupiter, both in opposition, appear brighter now than at any other time of the year & will be visible all night. When a planet is in opposition, there is a straight line between the Sun, Earth & the other planet, with Earth being in the middle. This allows for the maximum reflection of sunlight from the planet to bounce back to us on Earth. During opposition, a planet rises at sunset, is high at midnight, & sets at dawn. This is a great time to view Saturn through a telescope & enjoy its beautiful rings. During this time, a pair of binoculars will allow you to see the Galilean Moons - the four largest moons of Jupiter.

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