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Take a tour around the skies and look out for these celestial happenings throughout 2012. Some of these can be seen by the naked eye, or binoculars. Optics Geeks might like to get themselves a telescope to see distant objects more clearly.
In April, Saturn will be in opposition. Saturn, the gas giant is the sixth planet from the sun and the second largest planet in the solar system after Jupiter.
This is the only planet in our solar system with a clearly detectable set of nine rings. These rings consist of ice particles and rocky debris and reflect the sunlight. There are also moons and hundreds of 'moonlets' orbiting the planet.
The Lyrids meteor shower is located in the constellation of Lyra with an average of around 10 meteors per hour. Lyrid fireballs can cast shadows for a split second, then leave behind smoky debris which lasts for a few minutes. Look close to Vega after midnight.