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As the night progresses, the Ringed Giant will stick to the southern skies, setting by dawn in the southwest.

To hone in on the planet’s exact location at night, you can use online resources like Stellarium.

The browser-based app will show you a projected image of the night sky from your location and you can use it to track a wide variety of other celestial bodies.

If you look to the left of Saturn, you will see the solar system’s biggest planet, Jupiter.

According to Mr Kerss, astronomy enthusiasts are in for a treat this month because Jupiter will reach its opposition on August 20 this year.

He said: “So even though Saturn is at its brightest now, it still can’t outshine Jupiter because it’s simply so much farther away from us.