2:25 PM PDT, August 1, 2021
On August 1 and 2, Saturn will be at opposition, meaning the Earth will be located between the ringed planet and the sun, so the outer planet will be at its brightest.
In terms of distance, Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun. It would take nine Earths to span the full diameter, sans rings, according to NASA.
This only happens once a year, and Saturn’s opposition is at 2 a.m. ET on August 2, or 11 p.m. PT for those on the West Coast, according to EarthSky.
“Sunday night into Monday morning much of the Midwest and portions of western California will see mostly clear skies,” CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said.
“A swath of cloudy skies will exist across the Northwest into the Rockies, across many southern states and into the Northeast.”
According to the astronomy publication, living in an area that is anticipating clouds on August 1 or 2 will not diminish your chances of seeing the planet. Saturn will remain bright in the sky for the rest of the month, EarthSky said.