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.Know More
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.
From largest to smallest, based on total circumference, the planets that make up this solar system are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Earth, Venus, Mars and Mercury. Any publication that lists Pluto as a planet is out of date. Astronomers now consider Pluto a dwarf planet.Full Answer >
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 >
A year on Saturn is equivalent to 10,832 Earth days, or over 29 Earth years. Saturn is about 793 million miles from Earth and, as the sixth planet, 886 million miles from the Sun.Full Answer >
The hottest temperature on Saturn is estimated to be 11,700 degrees Celsius at its core. Saturn's core is composed of liquid metallic hydrogen that is formed by the compression forces surrounding the core. The energy that radiates from the planet is twice what it receives from the Sun.Full Answer >