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Saturn: The Star of New Years Eve 2003

By Robert Roy Britt

Saturn will be closer to Earth on New Years Eve than at any time in the past three decades.

In a stroke of good timing, Saturn’s rings are tilted favorably, so that in small telescopes they are as striking as they can be. The setup provides backyard skywatchers a fine opportunity to see the planet at its best.

“Saturn’s going to be really beautiful,” said NASA astronomer Mitzi Adams. “Sunlight reflected from Saturn’s rings makes the planet extra bright.”

Read the original article at: Space.com

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