Saturn is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension of Saturn is 21h 09m 09s and the Declination is -17° 15’ 52” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Saturn is 0.74 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Saturn [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:
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Saturn Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Saturn finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Saturn is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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 from Earth
The distance of Saturn from Earth is currently 1,628,883,025 kilometers, equivalent to 10.888410 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 hours, 30 minutes and 33.3689 seconds to travel from Saturn and arrive to us.
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.
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 December 2100, the closest approach of Saturn to Earth happens on Thu Dec 27 2091 at a distance of 8.031409 Astronomical Units, or 1,201,481,743 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
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.
Saturn rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Saturn touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric 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|
|Mass||568.319 x 1024 kg||95.1609|
|Escape Velocity||36.09 km/s||3.2252|
|Sideral Rotation||10.6562 hours||0.4452|
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|
|2022 Jan 19||21h 05m 26s||-17° 31’ 38”||0.76||14.8”||Capricornus|
|2022 Jan 20||21h 05m 53s||-17° 29’ 39”||0.76||14.8”||Capricornus|
|2022 Jan 21||21h 06m 21s||-17° 27’ 41”||0.76||14.8”||Capricornus|
|2022 Jan 22||21h 06m 51s||-17° 25’ 41”||0.76||14.8”||Capricornus|
|2022 Jan 23||21h 07m 18s||-17° 23’ 40”||0.76||14.8”||Capricornus|
|2022 Jan 24||21h 07m 47s||-17° 21’ 39”||0.75||14.8”||Capricornus|
|2022 Jan 25||21h 08m 16s||-17° 19’ 39”||0.75||14.8”||Capricornus|
|2022 Jan 26||21h 08m 44s||-17° 17’ 36”||0.75||14.8”||Capricornus|
|2022 Jan 27||21h 09m 14s||-17° 15’ 34”||0.74||14.7”||Capricornus|
|2022 Jan 28||21h 09m 42s||-17° 13’ 32”||0.74||14.7”||Capricornus|
|2022 Jan 29||21h 10m 10s||-17° 11’ 30”||0.73||14.7”||Capricornus|
|2022 Jan 30||21h 10m 40s||-17° 09’ 26”||0.73||14.7”||Capricornus|
|2022 Jan 31||21h 11m 08s||-17° 07’ 23”||0.72||14.7”||Capricornus|
|2022 Feb 01||21h 11m 38s||-17° 05’ 20”||0.71||14.7”||Capricornus|