We know planet Saturn, the zodiac of Libra, but what is Zubenelgenubi? This is a word to include into my knowledge bank and vocabulary!
Early on Saturday morning, Feb. 22nd., providing the skies are clear, we have an opportunity to catch sight of the last quarter moon pairing off with another planet, the ringed wonder of the solar system, Saturn.
Start looking low toward the east-southeast horizon shortly after 1:00AM local time on Friday night/Saturday morning. Soon after the moon emerges from beyond the horizon, we need to put our attention to a bright, non-twinkling yellow-white “star” shining sedately well above and to its right.
Eureka…that will be Saturn!
Baring any obstructions such as buildings or trees in that direction that might block the view, an observer might have to wait awhile as the celestial pair slowly climbs higher in the sky.