Night Sky Watch: The moon helps Mommyo spot Saturn

Saturn will follow the moon across the predawn sky on February 20-21. (Illustration: Andrew Fazekas, SkySafari)

Saturn will follow the moon across the predawn sky on February 20. The next night, the moon will appear to be on the other side of Saturn. (Illustration: Andrew Fazekas, SkySafari)

The moon is really working over time to help me spot things in the night sky this month. Tonight and tomorrow, it’s pairing up with Saturn. The best view is, sadly, just before dawn.

Still, Andrew Fazekas at National Geographic tells me that even the smallest telescopes can give you a peek at Saturn’s famous rings. That just might make getting up at Stupid O’Clock to catch the predawn show worth it.

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Nine-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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One Response to Night Sky Watch: The moon helps Mommyo spot Saturn

  1. rayworth1973 says:

    Lately, if it isn’t overcast, I see that stuff in the sky. I, however, sometimes lose track of which is supposed to be up until I take a close look. I can automatically identify which planet it is with just a glance, like Jupiter from Venus and Saturn and Mars. Soon, Jupiter will be an evening planet again while Mars is going behind the sun, I think. Mostly, I use the planets to test sky conditions. My interest is deep sky so after I see if the planets are boiling or not, I know whether I can have a better chance for some of the really faint stuff.

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