Saturnís opposition and closest approach to Earth for its current apparition will occur on 2012 APR 15. Tonight for Chicagoland observers it will rise at 21:49 CDT and about four minutes earlier each succeeding evening. Iíve written a more detailed description of Saturnís current apparition, and created numerous preview charts including a ring tilt graph.
Link to my Saturn article and graphics: www.CurtRenz.com/saturn
Photos and descriptions of Saturn during its current apparition would be welcome additions to this thread.