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Saturn Position

Saturn is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension is 18h 59m 11s and the Declination is -22° 32’ 31”.

18h 59m 11s
-22° 32’ 31”

Simplified sky chart showing where Saturn is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Saturn in Sagittarius on September, 21 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Saturn is right now (view fullscreen)

Saturn
RA: 18h 59m 11s
Dec: -22° 32’ 31”
Deep sky finder chart for Saturn
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Saturn?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Saturn in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Saturn Distance

The distance of Saturn from Earth is currently 1,454,087,074 kilometers, equivalent to 9.719972 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 20 minutes and 50.3124 seconds to travel from Saturn and arrive to us.

1,454,087,074
9.719972
1 hours, 20 minutes and 50.3124 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Saturn from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Saturn from Earth between January 2013 and January 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of Saturn from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Saturn to Earth

Between January 2013 and January 2100 the closest approach of Saturn to Earth happens on Thu Dec 27 2091 at a distance of 8.03140900 Astronomical Units, or 1,201,481,688 kilometers:

Thu Dec 27 2091
1,201,481,688
8.031409

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Saturn brightness

The current visual magnitude of Saturn is 1.31.

1.31
16.5”

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Saturn, according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Predicted magnitude of Saturn between January 2013 and January 2100

Saturn rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Saturn rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 112.5°
Max altitude: 16.0°
Azimuth: 247.5°
Saturn is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Saturn touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Saturn Physical Data

The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Saturn. Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Physical Parameter Value Relative to Earth
Diameter 116464 km 9.1402
Mass 568.319 x 1024 kg 95.1609
Density 0.6871 gr/cm3 0.1246
Escape Velocity 36.09 km/s 3.2252
Sideral Rotation 10.6562 hours 0.4452
Absolute Magnitude -8.88
Geometric Albedo 0.47

Saturn 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Saturn computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Saturn in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Apparent DiameterDiameter Constellation
2019 Sep 14 18h 59m 12s -22° 31’ 45” 1.28 16.7” Sagittarius
2019 Sep 15 18h 59m 11s -22° 31’ 54” 1.28 16.7” Sagittarius
2019 Sep 16 18h 59m 09s -22° 32’ 02” 1.29 16.7” Sagittarius
2019 Sep 17 18h 59m 08s -22° 32’ 08” 1.29 16.6” Sagittarius
2019 Sep 18 18h 59m 08s -22° 32’ 15” 1.30 16.6” Sagittarius
2019 Sep 19 18h 59m 08s -22° 32’ 21” 1.30 16.6” Sagittarius
2019 Sep 20 18h 59m 09s -22° 32’ 26” 1.30 16.6” Sagittarius
2019 Sep 21 18h 59m 11s -22° 32’ 30” 1.31 16.5” Sagittarius
2019 Sep 22 18h 59m 12s -22° 32’ 35” 1.31 16.5” Sagittarius
2019 Sep 23 18h 59m 13s -22° 32’ 39” 1.32 16.5” Sagittarius
2019 Sep 24 18h 59m 16s -22° 32’ 40” 1.32 16.4” Sagittarius
2019 Sep 25 18h 59m 18s -22° 32’ 44” 1.33 16.4” Sagittarius
2019 Sep 26 18h 59m 21s -22° 32’ 44” 1.33 16.4” Sagittarius
2019 Sep 27 18h 59m 25s -22° 32’ 45” 1.34 16.4” Sagittarius