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Chapter 12 Saturn Spectacular Rings and Mysterious Moons
Appearance of Saturn’s rings from Earth
Saturn Saturn's surface and interior are similar to that of Jupiter. Saturn rotates rapidly with differential rotation.
Circulating Cloud system as viewed by the Hubble Space Telescope
Wind Speeds on Saturn
Saturn’s Rings are less than 1 mile thick. …are composed of fragments of ice and ice-coated rock. …are made up of thousands of ringlets. … are kept in shape by shepherd satellites. … were formed by perhaps a comet passing within the Roche Limit of Saturn.
The Roche Limit
Saturn The large dark gap in Saturn's rings is called The Cassini division. Cassini division
Saturn’s Spectacular Rings
Voyager 2 flyby showing the Cassini Ring Division
Shepherd Moons keep Saturn’s rings in line
Saturn host at least 22 moons. Only 7 are spherical. Saturn’s Moons
Titan is the largest of Saturn's moons and has a rather thick atmosphere.
Titan a moon larger than the planet Mercury
Titan has an atmosphere!! The Limb Haze shown by Voyager 1 (colorized images)