Saturn's Bounty from Sky & Telescope magazine covers the below topics, including everything from an observing guide to recent science discoveries.
Whether you are a novice astronomer or know the perfect spots in your area to view a dark night-sky, Saturn is well placed for viewing almost all night throughout the month of May. And there's a treat in store late in the month: as Saturn rises in the east, Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury converge in a tight knot in the west, visible just after sunset. This observing guide covers night-sky happenings for all the planets, as well as the Sun and Moon.
Saturn's rings make a beautiful sight through a telescope, but they become even more stunning when you learn the complex interactions keeping them in place. Saturn's rings unwrapped would stretch from Earth to the Moon, yet they're not much thicker than a troupe of acrobats standing on one another's shoulders. How does something so fragile stay stable over time? Find out in this enlightening article.
In addition to its vast rings, Saturn is known for its mysterious moons, of which Titan is the largest and most secretive. Titan's dense and hazy atmosphere conceals an Earth-like landscape sculpted into mountains, lakes and dunes. Yet it's a vastly different place, with "ghost rain," polar seas, and smog that falls out of the sky. Only recently have robotic probes returned fascinating detail about this curious world, and tantalizing secrets remain for future space missions.
Saturn's neighborhood is home to more than 60 moons, each of them a unique geological wonder. NASA's Cassini mission discovered icy geysers on Enceladus's surface spewing material into space and filling Saturn's E ring. Two-faced Iapetus reveals some of its secrets in Cassini photos. And Rhea, Saturn's second-largest moon, exhibits tantalizing hints of a ring system of its own. Learn more about each of these icy worlds in Lakdawalla's in-depth coverage.
Saturn hosts a bounty of treasures that space missions are only beginning to reveal. This free eBook from Sky & Telescope covers everything from Saturn's fascinatingly thin rings to its bizarre collection of moons - learn more by downloading for free!
This free eBook from Sky & Telescope magazine provides you with numerous insights into what makes Saturn so unique. This free eBook includes: • A guide to observing Saturn, as well as May's amazing planet trio • In-depth analysis of Saturn's rings and the moons that shepherd them • Insight into Earth-like Titan and the smaller ice-worlds that surround the ringed planetAs a special thank you for downloading this free eBook, you will become a member of the Sky & Telescope family. This includes: • A free newsletter filled with the latest astronomy and night-sky news from Sky & Telescope • Special offers from Shop at Sky on products any enthusiast would love