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Saturn Apparition - Opposition 2019 JUL 09

A plotting of the planet in equatorial coordinates of current date during 2019 JAN 22 to DEC 24 - See article below.

Saturn Declinations and Altitudes at Oppositions

A graphic plotting of Saturn through the zodiac at oppositions, plus printed data of its right ascensions, declinations and transit altitudes

Saturn Apparent Ring Tilt Graph - 2019

Graph of the tilt of Saturn’s rotational axis as viewed from Earth Identical tilt for the plane of Saturn’s rings

Rings of Saturn - 2019

Graphic illustrating the positioning of Saturn’s rings as viewed from Earth

Rings of Saturn - 2002-2032

Graphic illustrating the positioning of Saturn’s rings as viewed from Earth during the 30 oppositions from 2002 to 2032

Rings of Saturn - Zero & Extreme Tilts

Graphic illustrating the positioning of Saturn’s rings as viewed from Earth at moments of zero and extreme tilts from 1988 to 2046

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                    2019 APPARITION OF SATURN

Ringed Saturn is presenting its apparition in the predawn eastern sky following its conjunction behind the Sun on 2019 JAN 02. Western quadrature (90° from Sun) will be reached on APR 10. Apparent retrograde motion in right ascension will commence on APR 29.

   Saturn’s opposition from the Sun will occur on 2019 JUL 09 while in the sky all night. On that date it will be at declination S 22.0°, and its axial tilt relative to Earth will be +24.4°, with its greatest brilliance at magnitude +0.0. Saturn’s closest approach to Earth of 9.0328 AU will occur on that same date while subtending an equatorial angular diameter of 18.4 arcseconds.

   Apparent direct motion in right ascension will resume on 2019 SEP 18. Eastern quadrature will be reached on OCT 07 before conjunction behind the Sun on 2020 JAN 13.

   Saturn will appear near Venus on 2019 DEC 11.

   The Moon will appear to pass near Saturn on 2019 MAR 29, APR 25, MAY 22, JUN 18, JUL 16, AUG 12, SEP 08, OCT 05, NOV 02, NOV 29 & DEC 27. These all will result in occultations observable from select regions except for DEC 27.   

NOTE: Event dates in this article are for North American Central Time.

*  A meridian transit occurs when a celestial body crosses an observer’s local north-south line in the sky. That is practically simultaneous with culmination, i.e. the highest altitude for the day. The Saturn meridian transit times in the above linked graph can be easily transformed for your location. The given times are nearly the same for the central meridians of all time zones, i.e. those evenly divisible by 15° such as 75°, 90°, 105° or 120°. Do not adjust to UT. Simply add to the chart time 4 minutes for each degree west of a central meridian, or subtract 4 minutes for each degree to the east. If on daylight savings time, add an hour.

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Saturn Stellar Magnitude - 2019

Graph of the brightness of Saturn measured in stellar magnitude

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Saturn Angular Diameter - 2019

Graph of equatorial angular diameter of Saturn measured in arcseconds - Distance in AU = 165.46 / angular diameter

Saturn Illumination Phase - 2019

Graph of the percentage of Saturn’s apparent disk illuminated

Saturn Meridian Transit Time* - 2019

Graph of the times that the planet Saturn transits the prime meridian

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© Curt Renz


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