Look Up! Surprise for Stargazers


(Courtesy: WPVI)

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(Courtesy: WPVI)
(Courtesy: WPVI)


PHILADELPHIA — Stargazers are in for a treat this weekend.

Saturn is clearly visible in the night sky.

This image above was shot Thursday night as WPVI’s chopper in Philadelphia took beauty shots of the moon.

It might not look like much, just a small, glowing object.

But look a little closer.  You can actually see the planet’s famous rings.

Saturn reaches something called opposition with the sun on Sunday when it’s visible all night long.

According to NASA, opposition means the sun is on one side of the earth and the object is directly on the opposite side.

The object, in this case Saturn, is then fully illuminated by the sun and appears disc-like in the sky.

Saturn rises at sunset and is in its zenith at midnight, which is the best time for telescopic views.

It sets at sunrise.

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