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quick question on saturn


dodgeydodge

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around 3 weeks ago i was viewing saturn and i noticed a star just above to the right. i at first thought it was titan ( which i didnt think could be visible with the naked eye ) and after i pointed my scope at it i realised it wasnt, or so i believe. its now been a few weeks and saturn still has the same star at the same position and it is still visible to the naked eye, if it was titan it should have shifted round saturn but its still in the same place.

what is this star like object that is following saturn? saturn is gradually drifting across the night sky and iv been expecting this star ( or whatever it is ) to be left behind but its still there.

im curious as to what it is, can anyone explain?

dave.

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i no a week ago saturn was in virgo near right next to porima may have spelled that wrong but the clouds are with us so can not see a thing

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im just curious why it hasnt left the nearby star like object behind!

last night was clear, i got my scope out and as usual the dirtyest black cloud in the whole wide world appeared out of know where. so i put the scope away, then like a fart in the wind, it disappeared!! typical! :)

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That would be Porrima in Virgo. It won't remain "attached" very long to it. Soon Saturn will not be seen anymore as it sets till it's return. I remember when it used to be close to Regulus a couple of months back.

Isabelle

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cheers isabelle. i just found it strange how its been there for so long and does not seem to have moved at all! its probably moved alot but to the naked eye i cant see any change!

when is mars going to be coming into view? iv been waiting for a good 6 months to see it, it must be like a game of cat and mouse up there, the earth is chasing mars in its orbit! :)

thanks again.

dave.

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if the clouds do not roll on in tonight i will take some more shots of saturn to see where it is at ,at the minutei was gonna do cygnus but virgo is just as nice and the moons low all this week so we might get a chance have a try your self

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Saturn was quite low in the sky last night when I came out. I had to wait till after 11: 30pm to see anything because of my latitude. At this point there was much turbulence from the atmosphere since it was near the horizon. I hope you have better luck!

Isabelle

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its in quite a good position where i am, not at the zenith but nowhere near the horizon. if its clear i can get a good nights viewing from as soon as the sun sets. a few weeks back i even managed to view it while the sky was blue, it was that clear it stuck out long before any stars were visable!!

ill be on it tonight aslong as the clouds stay away but according to the weather reports, i may not be that lucky! :)

dave.

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