THE National Astronomical Research Institute (NARIT) said Saturn will be at opposition tomorrow, August 15, meaning Earth will be directly between the Sun and Saturn and this enables us to see the sun’s light reflecting off Saturn and its rings.
When the sun goes down, Saturn will be closest to Earth this year at a distance of approximately 1,325 million kilometres and will appear in the southeast and visible till dawn. If the sky is clear and it does not rain, the solar system’s second-largest planet should be visible from all corners of Thailand.
NARIT mentioned that if Saturn is viewed through a telescope with a diameter of four inches, or magnification of 50 times or more, rings A and B will be clearly separated with the Cassini Division.
NARIT is holding the “NARIT Science Week 2022” during August 15-21 and has organised the viewing of Saturn tomorrow night through a telescope from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at four main observation points, with these being Sirindhorn Astronomical Park, Mae Rim district, Chiang Mai province; and the Chaloem Phrakiat Observatory for the 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary at Nakhon Ratchasima, Chachoengsao and Songkhla provinces.
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