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

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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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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