Take a look over to the west this evening around dusk and you'll see the crescent moon in the sky just to the right of the planet Saturn. The planet is named for the ancient Roman god of agriculture. Two thousand one hundred years ago the Roman god was celebrated on December 17th with one of the most important holidays on the Roman calendar- Saturnalia. Saturnalia was a week-long celebration held in late December to mark the end of the winter planting season. To read more about that click here. If you miss the moon and Saturn tonight look for them tomorrow night at dusk when the moon will be located above and to the left of Saturn.
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