You'll have an extra-special chance for a great look at Saturn's rings Tuesday night — if you know when to look.

Saturn moves into opposition on Tuesday, July 9, meaning the planet will be on the opposite side of the sky from the sun. This also means it will appear its biggest and brightest, which means those of us on Earth will be able to see it more clearly than usual. It's better if you have a telescope, of course, but Saturn will appear so large and bright, you can see it with the naked eye. However, you may not see its rings or some of its large moons without a telescope. 

According to, Saturn will rise to the east-southeast as the sun sets Tuesday night, eventually appearing overhead due south around 1 a.m., then setting around dawn Wednesday.

If you miss the views Tuesday night, Saturn will be visible throughout the summer. 

More summer stories from GateHouse Media:

We put 16 mosquito repellents to the test — see what worked, what left us itchy

Here are the best parks in each state, according to Outside magazine

Five tips to help you keep your cool while hiking on a hot summer day