GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Saturn is the sixth planet outward from the sun and farthest planet that’s easily visible to the unaided eye. You need a telescope to see the planet’s wide, encircling rings, but Saturn is also fun to watch with the eye alone. It shines with a steady light and golden color.
To spot it, just look for the moon Saturday evening, May 13, 2017. Saturn will be there in the southeastern sky next to the moon from sunset to late evening. By June 15, 2017, Saturn will be out all night long. It will also be closest to Earth and will therefore be brightest in the night sky then, so make sure you mark your calendars!
One final note: unlike stars which appear to twinkle, Saturn shines with a steady light. This may help you identify it over the next several weeks.
Pierce Legeion is a meteorologist and digital journalist for WNCT 9 First Alert Weather.