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Saturn struts its ringed glory

April 2013: Jupiter blazes in the western sky after darkness falls, and glorious Saturn hangs low in the east at nightfall before climbing high in the south around midnight.
RELATED TOPICS: OBSERVING | SOLAR SYSTEM | JUPITER | SATURN
Of the solar system’s eight major planets, only two show up nicely during April. But what a pair they are. Jupiter blazes in the western sky after darkness falls, a beacon on these balmy spring evenings. And glorious Saturn hangs low in the east at nightfall before climbing high in the south around midnight. It reaches opposition and peak visibility in late April.

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