2017 APPARITION OF SATURN
Ringed Saturn will commence its apparition in the predawn eastern sky a couple of weeks after its conjunction behind the Sun on 2016 DEC 10. This will be the apparition during the current half of Saturn’s 29.5-
Opposition from the Sun will occur the night of 2017 JUN 14-
Apparent direct motion in right ascension will resume on 2017 AUG 25. Eastern quadrature will be reached on SEP 13 before conjunction behind the Sun on DEC 21.
Saturn will appear near Mercury on 2017 JAN 09 & DEC 06 and no other bright planets or stars during this apparition.
The Moon will appear near Saturn on 2016 DEC 27, 2017 JAN 24, FEB 20, MAR 20, APR 16, MAY 13, JUN 09, JUL 06, AUG 03, AUG 30, SEP 26, OCT 24, NOV 20. There will be no lunar occultations of Saturn during this apparition.
NOTE: Events in this article are for North American Central Time.
* A meridian transit occurs when a celestial body crosses an observer’s local north-
© Curt Renz