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Crappy cellphone photo of Saturn last night

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Saturn was in opposition last night, meaning the Earth was directly between it and the Sun, so it was incredibly bright. Coincidentally it's also at perigee in its orbit, that is, it's at the closest point to the Sun it can get, so it's pretty big too.

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The blurry, over-exposed photo above was the best I could get by pointing my phone down the telescope and does it absolutely no justice. It's really spectacular to look at through a telescope. Seeing a planet for real is a totally different experience to seeing a photograph; just sitting there in space with absolutely nothing but a few thousand feet of air between you and it.

Last night wasn't a once-in-a-lifetime event though; it'll look just as stunning tonight, and any half-decent pair of binoculars will allow you to make out the rings and maybe a moon or two.

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