Tonight at midnight, Saturn will make its closest approach to Earth for the next 29 years.
Granted, this is nothing compared to Mars’s closest-in-60,000-years approach back in August. But it’s cool that this planetary encounter coincides so neatly with the start of the new year!
Making the scene even more worth seeing is the current angle of Saturn’s rings, which is perfect for a “beautiful, breathtaking, jaw-dropping” view through even a small telescope, according to SpaceWeather.com.
First it was the Christmas conjunction, and now Saturn is “ringing” in the new year. What heavenly holidays! :)