It may be windy, and the views may not be as perfectly crisp as they can be, but your local Sidewalk Astronomers will be out tonight at Myrtle and Lime Streets in Monrovia from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The winds will determine our end time, but we (at least I) hope we can show majestic Saturn to everyone.

Tonight is Saturn Opposition. As the Sun sets in the west, Saturn will rise “opposite” to it in the east. Opposition is when Saturn is closest to Earth, and so it shines brightest for the year, but will be beautifully visible for several more months. Since sunset is about 7:45 p.m. Saturn won't rise above the buildings and trees in Monrovia until about 8:30 p.m., later visible in telescopes.

In addition to Saturn, we'll have a easy-to-see treat with the moon near Mars. Those not within the sound of my voice, look up and you can easily see the moon! It's that reddish object to the left of the moon tonight! Look again tomorrow night and notice Mars above the moon! Saturn will be the golden "star" rising on the horizon following Mars after sunset.

Jane Houston Jones
Monrovia, CA
@jhjones @CassiniSaturn @NASAInsight
What's Up For May? Saturn, Mars, Comets, Meteor Showers