Fri., May 27 5:12 8:05
Sat., May 28 5:11 8:06
Sun., May 29 5:11 8:06
Mon., May 30 5:10 8:07
Tues., May 31 5:10 8:08
Wed., June 1 5:09 8:09
Thurs., June 2 5:09 8:10
Fri., June 3 5:08 8:10
The ringed planet Saturn appears high in the southeastern sky an hour after sunset. The planet shines brilliantly in the zodiacal constellation Virgo, not far from the bright star Spica. Saturn is the easiest of planets to spot, as it shows up in our night sky and not in the morning sky as the other visible planets.
Saturn is 837 million miles away. We are getting farther from the planet. By the end of June, Saturn is 883 million miles away and its increased distance and drop in brightness is only slightly perceptible.
Three other planets are visible only in the early morning. Venus, Jupiter and Mars are all in a close area in the eastern sky. For those up and outside in the early morning, finding the planets in the light of dawn above the southeastern sky, Venus is the brightest of the three and resides just about the light of dawn. Jupiter is higher and probably the easiest to see. Mars is in between the two and considerably fainter. The three are in the zodiacal constellations Aries and Taurus.
The weeks ahead offer more daylight per day than at any other time in the year. Daylight amounts to over 15 hours per day. The longest day, the time between sunrise and sunset, reaches 15 hours and 15 minutes by the third week of June. Sunrise is now just after 5 a.m. and sunset is after 8 p.m.