Get your telescopes ready this April to scan the night sky as it will be a prime time to check out Saturn and more.
NASA’s Jane Houston Jones at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California explains that “Saturn reaches opposition on April 15th and is now visible earlier in the evening and all night long. Through a telescope you’ll see the icy rings, Titan and –with a little luck – Enceladus. “
Titan is the second largest moon in the solar system with Jupiter’s moon Ganymede being the largest. Saturn actually has a total of 60 moons with 52 having official names. Most of the moons that orbit Saturn are tiny, just 2-3 km across, and would actually be considered comets if they didn’t orbit the planet. While 60 moons is impressive it once again is out done by Jupiter which has a grand total of 63 moons.
Houston also explains that Saturn and it’s two moons are not the only things to look for in the night sky this April. “Mercury is easy to spot this month. And we say goodbye to Jupiter for a few months, but not before a pretty crescent moon pairing on April 22.”
You can read more about ice in the solar system at http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/yss/