By Dave Fuller on
5/4/2014 10:25 AM
Saturn reaches opposition on May 10, 2014. The ringed planet is a favorite of amateur astronomers and casual stargazers everywhere! So where to find this planet, and what to look for through a small telescope?
For the next few weeks Saturn is at its largest size from our perspective. Opposition means the planet is "opposite" Earth from a line from the Sun, through Earth, and on to Saturn. That places Earth at the closest point to the second-largest gas giant, though it is still about 900,000,000 miles away. But it can still be seen without the aid of binoculars or a telescope! Not the rings of course, but the bright spot that the planet does display shines at nearly 0 magnitude - that's brighter than all but a handful of stars.
Look to the southwest about an hour or two after sunset....