Saturn is one of the few planets that is easily spotted with a trained eye, but a telescope reveals its wonders in more detail. It is easily found with a telescope by those who know the best time and location to seek it out. As of 2014, in the Northern hemisphere, it appears between Antares and Mars, in the constellation of Libra. In the latter part of the year, it can be seen best in late evening, around 10 p.m. Using a telescope with a 2.4 inch aperture is advised.
During the second half of 2014, viewing from the Northern Hemisphere, Saturn is best seen at its high point around 10 p.m. During this time, it appears amidst the constellation Libra near two of Libra's moderately bright stars, Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali.
If you've chosen the right time, spotting the golden-colored Saturn is easy. As of late 2014, it's visible between two noteworthy markers in the sky: the bright star Antares on one side with the reddish Mars and the bluish white star Spica on the other.
Although Saturn is visible to the naked eye, a telescope allows for a much more detailed look. A lens with a 2.4-inch aperture reveals Saturn's rings, the dark Cassini Division that splits the ring system into the outer ring A and inner ring B, and Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
Although it has no formal name, the symbol for Saturn is meant to represent a scythe or sickle and is similar in appearance to a cursive "h" with a horizontal line across the top. The International Astronomical Union prefers for scientists to use the abbreviation "S" in formal contexts.Full Answer >
Unlike many planets and stars, Saturn doesn't have a universally recognized date of discovery. Because Saturn is visible with the naked eye, its existence was known by ancient civilizations. Ancient Greeks named the planet "Kronos" after their god of agriculture, which is the Roman equivalent of Saturn.Full Answer >
The five planets which are visible from Earth, using the naked eye, include Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury. Because of difference in their orbits, though, it is rare for all of them to be visible in the night sky at the same time, explains National Geographic.Full Answer >
It is hard to accurately determine the high and low temperatures on Saturn, as it is made of three bands of gas clouds instead of solid ground. The innermost band is thought to be approximately 134 degrees Fahrenheit, while the outer band is estimated to be -280 degrees.Full Answer >