Sky watchers can have a spectacular view to gaze at Saturn, the planet with a ring on Saturday, 10 May 2014 as the Sun, Earth and Saturn will align at a straight line. Saturn will be closest to the Earth and the most visible and brightest planet on this day.
Earth passes between Saturn and Sun once in 378 days and when the planet is the closest to the Earth, the celestial event is known as 'Opposition', according to the District Science Centre's officer in-charge, J R Pazhanisawamy, as reported by Indian Express.
The planet will be visible to the east of the star Spica, according to Earthsky.org.
Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun, will be closest to the Earth as it passes between Saturn and the Sun. This celestial event is called 'Saturn Opposition'. The opposition can be viewed between 9:30 am and 11:00 am (EST) and 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm (IST) in the constellation Libra.
During the opposition, Saturn will be 129.9 crore kms apart from Earth. Saturn's ring will also be tilted at an angle which will be viewable by the astronomers.
Earlier, in 2013, the opposition occurred on 28 April and in 2015, the same will occur on 23 May.
Some of the planet's features can also be viewed such as the A and B ring, Cassini's Division and the moons - Titan, Rhea, Tethys and Dione, using a telescope. Saturn's largest moon Titan with the size of Mercury, will move away from the rings on 5, 13, 21 and 29 May, thus making its detection easier as an "orange star".
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