Starwatch: Saturn approaches the Moon in the southern sky | Science

Starwatch Chart May 28, 2018

Starting midweek, look for the Moon and Saturn approaching more and more in the low southern night sky. At the end of the week, they will be separated by 1.6 °, or a little more than three lunar diameters. The Moon will be full some days and clearly in its waning gibbous phase. The graph shows the view for 03:00 BST on June 1. This week is also good to see the four brightest objects in the sky. The Sun and the Moon are the first two and are unmistakable, but remember that never look at the Sun with your naked eyes or through any type of optical instrument; It is so bright that it can cause permanent blindness. The third and fourth brightest should present small problems as long as you have a clear horizon. Just after sunset, look west to see the bright "evening star" of Venus, this is the third brightest object in the sky. Then turn southwest to look for Jupiter, the fourth.


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