International astronomy day

As has become customary, this holiday is celebrated every year on the weekend-Saturday, falling in the interval from mid-April to mid-May, and closest to the day when the Moon is seen in the first quarter phase (very convenient: in the evening, and high in the sky), may 10 this year.

For several years in a year marked by two days of Astronomy: one in the spring and one in autumn. So the organizers of holidays want to determine which of them will attract more attention.

If you are a real astronomer, celebrate this holiday can be on the night of 10 to 11 may, watching as Saturn, Earth and Sun are on a straight line, t. (e). happens to the confrontation of Saturn. During the confrontation the doughnut giant turns on the minimum distance to the ground is 8.9 astronomical units (about 1196 million km).  Observe with the naked eye.

Saturn will be visible almost all night in the constellation Libra, in the form of a small pale-yellowish spots, opoâsannogo ring.

To date, the gas giant rings disclosed at 22°, so the brightness of Saturn is higher than during previous confrontations over the past 5 years.

You may view a live broadcast of the event space (at 5.30 am. ..):

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