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THE PLANETS

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Saturn

Best time to see: 20 July, From 00:00 BST (23:00 UT)

Altitude: 16 °

Location: Sagittarius

Direction: South

Features: Rings, atmospheric belts, occasional storms, moons

Recommended equipment: 150mm or larger

The planet Saturn reaches opposition on 20 July. Opposition is the term used to describe when a planet lies on the opposite side of the sky to the Sun. In this position we are at the closest to that planet and consequently it appears bigger and brighter than at other

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