Saturn as Seen from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día invites its readers to observe the rings of Saturn, which is just about at its closest point to Earth at this time. The Caribbean Astronomy Society will be on the grounds of El Morro Fort in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 7:00pm, in an educational capacity, to inform visitors about the phenomenon. This activity is free and open to the public. Here are translated excerpts from the recent article:

If you have never seen the impressive rings of Saturn, rest assured that next weekend you will be able to take a look at the eye-catching planet at its best moment because of its proximity to Earth. Even without a telescope, you will be able to see it from Old San Juan.

The Caribbean Astronomy Society [Sociedad de Astronomía del Caribe (SAC)] informed the newspaper that “According to the planets in our Solar System, there are moments in which some of them reach their closest point to Earth and this year Saturn will be the closest between May 22 and 23.”

The educational group invited the public to observe the “lord of the rings” next Saturday, May 23rd starting at 7:00pm, from the grounds of El Morro Fort in Old San Juan. Titan, the largest moon out of the 63 moons and natural satellites of this peculiar planet (which is also much larger than Mercury) can also be seen through a telescope from the SAC. Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest planet in our solar system. It is eye-catching because of its impressive rings, which are composed of ice particles, gasses, dirt, and rock fragments.

The SAC highlighted that during the observation event people will also be able to appreciate a conjunction of the moon and with Jupiter. Another planet that will be visible through the telescopes of the SAC next weekend will be Venus, which is extremely bright to the west.

The educational entity that has made thousands of people look up to the skies on the island pointed out that, due to Saturn’s proximity, the “lord of the rings” will be at its brightest. The SAC also indicated that the educational activity on Saturday, May 23, at El Morro will be free of charge and open to the public.

[Translated by Andrea Palma and Ivette Romero.]

For original article (in Spanish), see http://www.elnuevodia.com/ciencia/ciencia/nota/espectacularfotodesaturnodesdeaguadilla-2048221/

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