Rings of Saturn

1656 Rings of Saturn

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Christiaan Huygens, James Clerk Maxwell astronomy

Rings of Saturn


Orbital resonances

Maxwell has had the final word on the composition of the rings; however, much fine detail has been discovered and many new questions raised from information beamed back to Earth by NASA’s Pioneer, Voyager, and Cassini spacecrafts.

Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Rhea, Titan, and Iapetus are Saturn’s major moons. In addition to these and the particles and aggregates of the rings, there are fifty-five smaller moons and over a hundred and fifty moonlets.

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