This is also the time of year when Saturn's mysterious rings will be visible with a an amateur telescope.
Sky watchers can spot the giant planet as it rises in the southeast sky around sunset, moves high into the sky by midnight and sets in the east at sunrise.
But if you miss Saturn in opposition Tuesday, you’re still in luck. The planet will remain clearly visible in all its splendor for the next three months.
Saturn is about 886 million miles from Earth and nine times wider. NASA uses an example that says, if Earth were the size of a nickel, Saturn would be as big as a volleyball.
Scientists believe Saturn’s dazzling rings are made from pieces of comets, asteroids or shattered moons that broke up before they reached the planet’s surface, according to NASA.
It’s a massive gas giant made of mostly hydrogen and helium and surrounded by more than 60 moons. It’s also home to bizarre and fascinating landscapes, including sprays of water jets on Enceladus and methane lakes on Titan.