Moon near Saturn December 25 and 26
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Moon near Saturn on December 25 and 26
Saturn reached its yearly opposition on August 14, 2022. That’s when Earth was passing between Saturn and the sun, placing the ringed planet opposite the sun in our sky. Now Earth has moved on in its smaller, faster orbit around the sun, and Saturn is no longer visible all night.
So, in December 2022, we in the Northern Hemisphere are seeing Saturn low in the southwestern sky at nightfall (it’s northward, or closer to overhead, as seen from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere). And, in late December, Saturn sets a little after 8 p.m. local time … that’s the time on your clock no matter where you are on the globe.
However, Saturn has faded a bit from its maximum brightness for the year, which occurred around the time of opposition in August. But the planet is still shining at a bright +0.8 magnitude, making it as bright or brighter than the brightest stars.
Even small telescopes will reveal Saturn’s glorious rings. Plus, with a telescope, you might catch a glimpse of one or more of Saturn’s 83 moons.
Saturn is in the constellation Capricornus
Saturn is currently located in the dim constellation Capricornus the Sea-Goat. The moon can lead you to Saturn, and then Saturn can help you find the faint constellation Capricornus. However, Capricornus will be difficult to see in the evening twilight.
By the way, Capricornus is one of the 12 constellations of the zodiac. Because its stars are only 3rd and 4th magnitude, it’s too dim to see except under dark skies. However, this constellation has a distinctive shape – that of an arrowhead – making it is easy to pick out if your sky is dark.
Bottom line: Look for a slender waxing crescent moon near Saturn on the evenings of December 25 and 26, 2022. Saturn is in the dim constellation Capricornus the Sea Goat.