March 9, 2010
Watch for the planet Saturn to rise in the eastern sky around 8 p.m. Saturn is closest to the Earth this month and shines brightly below the even brighter planet Mars.
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On March 21, the ringed planet Saturn will be at its closest point to the Earth for the year, a point called opposition. At the moment of opposition, the Earth is positioned directly between Saturn and the Sun, placing the two planets as close together as they can be. This year, Saturn will be 780 million miles from Earth.