Saturn, Lord of the Rings


The Rings of Saturn

An explanation of the structure and features of the rings of Saturn. Their origin is unknown, but their fate is known. They will not last forever, so enjoy. The influence of Saturn's moons on the rings are discussed. A discussion of the the formation of the rings can be found at Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy web site. His web site is devoted to airing out myths and misconceptions in Astronomy, hence the name "Bad Astronomy".




SaturnHubble picture of Saturn with its rings taken on March 3, 2004

Saturn's rings and shadowSpokes in its rings and a shadow of one of Saturn's moons on its rings as photographed be the Cassini spacecraft.