Saturn on dark side of the moon

Stargazers will get a treat on May 14 when the planet Saturn will disappear behind the moon. Picture: David Nicolson
Stargazers will get a treat on May 14 when the planet Saturn will disappear behind the moon. Picture: David Nicolson

Stargazers have a front-row seat and it should be relatively easy to see with the naked eye.

In Perth, the moon will rise in the east at 5.14pm closely followed by Saturn. As it begins to get darker, Saturn will become more visible near the bottom right of the moon.

For those who haven’t seen Saturn before, the planet will look like a bright star-like object to the naked eye. At 6.26pm, the planet will begin to disappear behind the moon.

The moon itself will be very bright, so it might be tricky to see Saturn as it appears to approach the rim of the moon. Try using a pair of binoculars or a telescope.

Saturn appears to re-emerge from the top left of the moon at 7.24pm.

Carol Redford (aka Galaxy Girl), www.stargazersclubwa.com.au.