Scott Ellis 7 a.m., April 16
Sunday's Saturn and Sun Opposition
The Planet Saturn lies at opposition to the sun on Sunday, April 3. Look for this creamy white planet rising over the east horizon as evening twilight gathers. Saturn stays in the sky all night, setting at sunrise on this date. It will remain a good telescopic target for the next three or four months. Saturn's rings are currently tilted quite close to the line of sight (nearly edge-on), though they will gradually open up to nearly 30 degrees inclined about six years from now.