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Saturn’s Rings Narrow April 14-15

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Nasa Science News reports that Saturn’s rings will appear to narrow April 14-15.

This is an opportunity to witness the same phenomenon the dumbfounded Galileo. Why he didn’t realize that Saturn’s rings “were a disk-shaped swarm of orbiting moonlets ranging in size from microscopic dust to tumbling houses” and that “ As Saturn goes around the sun, it periodically turns its rings edge-on to Earth—once every 14-to-15 years. Because the rings are so thin, they can actually disappear when viewed through a small telescope.” … is beyond me.

So mark your calendars or you’ll forget. I don’t know if the rings are visible by the naked eye, but Saturn is.


Written by abragoes

April 4, 2008 at 2:24 pm

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