(Posted 17 April 2014) Unfamiliar with the night sky but want to see a planet with your own eyes? Tonight is a great opportunity to use the Moon as a kind of celestial signpost to spot the planet Saturn.
Saturn, Moon and Antares (brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius The Scorpion) finder chart for 8:30 pm AEST Thursday 17 April 2014. Chart prepared for the Gold Goast (Mermaid Beach), Australia but will still be accurate for elsewhere in Eastern Australia. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.
Just head outside any time after the sky is dark tonight and you can see the Moon above the Eastern horizon. The pale yellow brightest ‘star’ to the left of and above the Moon is really the planet Saturn. You can also refer to the above finder chart. Note that I have made the chart for 8:30 pm AEST, so that the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius The Scorpion is located just above the horizon. This makes it easier to locate.
This website is maintained by Paul Floyd. I am an amateur astronomer (and school teacher) with 25 years experience (as at 2015) in running a range of education and public astronomy outreach activities. As of January 2015, I have been providing astronomy information via the WWW for eighteen years.