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 bright planets (no first magnitude stars) on the following dates: Venus FEB 18 & Venus DEC 11.
The Moon will appear to pass near Saturn on 2019 FEB 02, MAR 01, 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-
© Curt Renz
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