DON'T MISS JUPITER & SATURN AT OPPOSITION! Learn More ...
Jupiter and Saturn both reach opposition one week apart this year, making July the perfect month for planetary viewing!
Opposition is when the Earth passes directly between a planet and the Sun. This coincides with the planets closest approach to Earth, providing an excellent opportunity for great views in a telescope.
Both planets are easy to find in the Southern sky, about 7 degrees apart from each other. Jupiter reaches opposition on July 14th, and Saturn about a week later on the 20th. During opposition Saturn's rings will be inclined at 21 degrees towards Earth, close to their maximum angle of 27 degrees. Combined with the planet's close approach to Earth, this means it's an excellent time to observe Saturn and its rings!
We've selected some telescopes and accessories ideal for observing Jupiter, and Saturn:
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