Saturn to shine near the moon on the morning of May 31

Saturn next to the waning crescent moon on the morning of May 31, 2024
Saturn next to the waning crescent moon on the morning of May 31, 2024. (Image credit: Stellarium)

Saturn will be visible very close to the 43% illuminated waning crescent moon on the morning of May 31, 2024.

The close appearance of two celestial objects on our sky’s dome is called a conjunction. Here is the conjunction of the moon and Saturn.

On this day, the moon and Saturn will rise together in the wee hours of May 31, 2024. So look low in the eastern sky about an hour before sunrise to see the moon and Saturn.

Saturn is easily noticeable without an instrument like a pair of binoculars or a telescope. It will appear like a bright star near the moon to the naked eye.

However, you need a telescope to see Saturn’s disk, ring system, and moons.

On this morning, you will see not only Saturn but also Mars. Mars will be visible to the lower left of the moon and Saturn duo.

Notice they are different in color. Saturn looks golden, and Mars looks reddish in the sky. 

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