(Meredith) - Saturn will be visible with the naked eye Tuesday night, but you'll need a telescope to see its rings. 

The ringed jewel of our solar system will shine brighter than any other time of the year because the planet will reach "opposition." This happens when Saturn and the sun are on opposite sides of the Earth, according to NASA. 

It also means that Saturn will be at its closest point to Earth for 2019.

To view the planet's famous rings, you can use any telescope that magnifies to at least 20 power, according to Some of its largest moons may also be visible. 

Saturn will rise above the horizon in the southeast around sunset and set in the southwest around dawn.

People who live in the interior West, southern Plains, and Northeast are expected to have a clear view of the planet due to cloud-free skies, according to AccuWeather. Meanwhile, rain and clouds may result in poor viewing conditions in the Midwest, along the West Coast and across the Southeast. 

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