2018 APPARITION OF SATURN
Ringed Saturn appears in the predawn eastern sky following its conjunction behind the Sun on 2017 DEC 21. Western quadrature (90° from Sun) will be reached on 2018 MAR 29. Apparent retrograde motion in right ascension will begin on APR 17.
Opposition from the Sun will occur during the night of 2018 JUN 26-
Apparent direct motion in right ascension will resume on 2018 SEP 06. Eastern quadrature will be reached on SEP 25 before conjunction behind the Sun on 2019 JAN 02.
Saturn will appear near Mars 2018 APR 02. It will not again appear near any other bright planets or first magnitude stars during this apparition.
The Moon will appear near Saturn 2018 MAR 10, APR 07, MAY 04, MAY 31, JUN 27, JUL 25, AUG 21, SEP 17, OCT 14, NOV 11 & DEC 09 (occultation).
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-
© Curt Renz
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