Astronomy Ireland said Saturn is “well placed” in Irish skies this month and as the weather conditions are expected to be “excellent”, the group is expecting huge crowds to attend the Dublin event on Tuesday.
The group is aiming to show the public the planet’s rings, and even some of its 146 moons via giant telescopes.
Astronomy Ireland will also be showing onlookers the Moon and Jupiter as all three will be in the sky at the same time.
Editor and Founder of Astronomy Ireland Magazine David Moore said the event will showcase the “biggest telescopes in Ireland”.
“You can see Saturn as an average looking ‘star’ in the sky with just your eyes if you know where to look. But, point a big telescope at it and people exclaim loudly when they see the view,” he said.
“What you get to see is a huge globe, nine times wider than Earth and an even bigger set of rings circling it.
“The telescopes we use are a thousand times more powerful than your eyes and can show the planet big, bold, and beautiful even though it is nearly a billion miles – more than a billion km – away.
“Not only that, we will also have the Moon and Jupiter on view. It really is a real treat for those who come along to Astronomy Ireland HQ to view these amazing sights through a telescope.
“We will also be giving advice on how to chose a telescope, which will be invaluable for those thinking of buying one for Christmas. So the event will go ahead regardless of weather,” added Mr Moore.
All ages are welcome to the event at Astronomy Ireland event at its headquarters in Dublin 11 from 7pm tomorrow.
The group encouraged families to come along and said it also has spots for new members and more information is available on the website.
The Astronomy Ireland Saturn Watch is a ticketed event and must be pre booked online at. The tickets are priced between €5 and €10.