Interactive Saturn, Pluto Viewing
July 20 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm MST
LOWELL OBSERVATORY PRESENTING INTERACTIVE SATURN, PLUTO VIEWING ON JULY 20
On the evening of July 20, Lowell Observatory is pleased to present a free live virtual event celebrating the opposition of Saturn, when the Ringed Planet will be at its biggest and brightest of the year. This is a fee event and open to all.
Guests may join Lowell Observatory educators, via Lowell Observatory’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQg7eDbuD5U), at Lowell’s Giovale Open Deck Observatory (GODO) on Monday, July 20 at 9 p.m. AZ/PT [04:00 UTC], for this event. Educators will not only show views of Saturn but also of diminutive Pluto, which was discovered in 1930 with a telescope that sits less than 100 yards from the GODO. Pluto reached its own opposition last week, on July 15.
Between views of these two planets, educators will conduct an interactive stargazing session, showcasing several celestial objects and then letting viewers choose which objects to see via YouTube’s chat function.
The moment of Saturn’s opposition is at 3pm PDT on July 20. At opposition, Earth lies between Saturn and the Sun. Saturn rises as the Sun sets, meaning they appear opposite each other in the sky. This is also the time when Earth is closest to Saturn in our orbit, making Saturn appear somewhat bigger and brighter in the sky.
How to View the Opposition of Saturn | The Ringed Planet at its Biggest & Brightest: