Saturn appears in the southern skies during the early evening hours of August 2017. On August 2, the waxing crescent moon appears about 4 degrees to the upper right of Saturn with the reddish star Antares nearly 13 degrees to the lower right of Saturn. Saturn is distinctly yellow-orange in color and slightly brighter than Antares.
Later in the month, the moon passes Saturn again. On the evenings of August 29 and 30, the moon appears about 6 degrees from the planet. On the first night the moon is the upper right of Saturn on the next evening it is to the upper left of Saturn.
For more information about sky watching events:
- 2017, August 21: Chicago’s View of the Great American Solar Eclipse
- 2017, October 5: Venus-Mars Conjunction
- 2017, November 13: Venus-Jupiter Epoch Conjunction
- 2017 Evening Planets
- 2017 Morning Planets
- Venus as a Morning Star, 2017
- Chart and Image Collection
- Jupiter’s Year with Spica: A Triple Conjunction
- 2018: Mars Perihelic Opposition
- 2017-2019: Mars Observing Year with a Perihelic Opposition, July 27, 2018