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Saturn Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Saturn is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations. More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Saturn in Ophiucus on January, 17 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
17h 29m 20s
-21° 58’ 01”
1.45
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Saturn Rise and Set Times

Today's Saturn rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 112.0°
Max altitude: 16.6°
Azimuth: 248.0°

Saturn 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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Jan 10 1.43 17h 26m 07s -21° 55’ 32” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 11 1.44 17h 26m 35s -21° 55’ 54” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 12 1.44 17h 27m 02s -21° 56’ 17” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 13 1.44 17h 27m 30s -21° 56’ 39” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 14 1.44 17h 27m 57s -21° 57’ 01” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 15 1.44 17h 28m 26s -21° 57’ 21” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 16 1.44 17h 28m 53s -21° 57’ 42” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 17 1.45 17h 29m 20s -21° 58’ 01” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 18 1.45 17h 29m 47s -21° 58’ 21” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 19 1.45 17h 30m 14s -21° 58’ 40” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 20 1.45 17h 30m 39s -21° 58’ 59” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 21 1.45 17h 31m 06s -21° 59’ 16” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 22 1.45 17h 31m 32s -21° 59’ 34” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 23 1.45 17h 31m 59s -21° 59’ 49” Ophiucus

Distance of Saturn from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Saturn from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval. The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of Saturn is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Saturn from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

Light Curve of Saturn

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 2030

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