Published On: Mon, May 12th, 2014

Saturn will shine in Yucatán

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The planet Saturn, known for its rings, will display various astronomical phenomena on the 10th of May.  At that time, Saturn will achieve its maximum brilliance and also enter its phase of closest proximity to the Sun.
Eddie Ariel Salazar Gamboa, Yucatecan astronomer and professor at the Technological Institute of Mérida, stated that these phenomena occur every 378 days.  At this moment, Saturn is in opposition to the Sun, so when the sun sets in the West, Saturn rises in the East.
These astronomical events featuring Saturn take place every 378 days (one year and 13 days) and are in plain view during the nighttime.
On Monday May 12th, the sun will set at 19:13 pm (Mérida time), and Saturn will emerge at 19:05 pm in the direction of the constellation of Libra.  People will be able to locate the planet from 20:00 hours right under Mars. It should be easy to locate, because like the other planets in our solar system, it does not twinkle like a star.
Saturn will have a magnitude of 0.1, the sun illuminates it 100 percent and it will reflect all the light it receives.  At that point, Saturn will be at Perihelion, its closest point to the Sun, a distance of 133.1 million miles.
The “ringed planet” is the second largest in our solar system. It has 61 moons and a period of revolution of 29.46 years, which means that its closest approach to Earth was just three decades ago.
Saturn seen from Earth

Saturn seen from Earth

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