Saturn looks like a golden star

First published in Opinion The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by

FIRST the good news: the planet Saturn has returned to our sky. The bad news? You have to be an early riser or insomniac to see it.

Saturn is now rising in the east at around 11.30pm, looking like a golden star. It's easiest to find on March 2 when it will rise with a beautiful waning Moon. Saturn will be the bright star to the Moon's left. Look at Saturn on that night through binoculars and you'll see a tiny, yellowish star very close to it, at approximately the 4 o'clock position. This is actually Titan, the planet's largest moon.

From next week Skywatch will be telling you how, where and when to look for Comet Panstarrs. Have some binoculars ready!

Stuart Atkinson Eddington Astronomical Society of Kendal

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8:41pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Kendmoor says...

Was it possible to have seen the recent close pass-by by that comet a few days ago, with the naked eye? I have friends claiming they saw it...but I was under the impression that it wasn't possible to see it with the naked eye in the UK even though it was so close..
Was it possible to have seen the recent close pass-by by that comet a few days ago, with the naked eye? I have friends claiming they saw it...but I was under the impression that it wasn't possible to see it with the naked eye in the UK even though it was so close.. Kendmoor
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