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Questions tagged [saturn]

Questions about Saturn, the sixth planet from the Sun.

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Are there known centaurs which orbit between Jupiter and Saturn without crossing their orbits?

According to Centaur minor planet Centaurs are small Solar System bodies with a semi-major axis between those of the outer planets. They generally have unstable orbits because they cross or have ...
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Which Saturn satellite passes closest to Saturn's rings and at what distance?

I was using Stellarium to watch Saturn from its moon Pan and I saw the rings were very close to this moon. Now Saturn's rings extend for a large distance so several moons see them from close. I was ...
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Aren't there any rock or similar firm material on/in the gas giant planets?

Aren't there any rock or similar firm material on/in the gas giant planets? What happens if a rock asteroid hits one of these planets? Shouldn't the rock accumulate in the center of the planet due to ...
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How do they measure sub-centimeter wave height on a moon of Saturn?

Michael Stevens from V-Sauce has a video called The Mandelbrot Set on a different channel. At 12:56 he says: There’s a moon of Saturn that has liquid hydrocarbon ...
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How would humans with appropriate equipment navigate the surface of Saturn's moon Titan on foot?

Taking into account the physical characteristics of Titan (e.g. surface gravity, atmospheric pressure), what would be the most efficient method of motion for an astronaut to navigate the surface of ...
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Can't see any detail on planets with my new Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope [duplicate]

Mars looks like a small white blob/circle and the same with all other planets. This is very frustrating. I've looked all over for a solution jumping from site to site and nothing. Please be different ...
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Finding Jupiter, Saturn

I have a Dobson Omegon with a 640mm focal length and a 102mm aperture. My finderscope is broken but I can do without. I have located the planets with the naked eye but I do I do not see them through ...
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Is it possible to see Saturn from Titan's surface, day and night?

Titan is the only moon in our solar system with a thick atmosphere, similar to what our Earth's atmosphere was before life "appeared". It also orbits Saturn close enough to actually see it beautifully ...
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Hypothetically, would we be able to see the moon from Saturn's North Pole?

Hypothetically speaking, if Saturn had a solid surface that we could stand on, would we be able to see our Moon from the North Pole of Saturn? Would the rings of Saturn obstruct the view?
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What are the periods of Saturn's rings?

I don't mean necessarily a granular chart of all of the different rings at different distances, but is it days? Weeks?
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How bright would it be on the “face” of Titan

If you were planing a maned mission to Titan and wanted to find a landing site that would get the most visible light for the longest amount of time, your first logical choice would be the dark side of ...
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What should I improve my telescope kit to see more details of Moon?

What should I improve my telescope kit to see more details of Moon? I have the gskyer telescope of 60mm aperture and 350mm focal length. my eyepieces are 10mm,25mm. and I have x3 Barlow. my best ...
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Why is Enceladus the only geologically active moon among its neighbours?

My understanding of why Enceladus is geologically active is that tidal forces from Saturn and - to a lesser extent - from the nearby larger moon Dione provide heat to the moon's interior, just like ...
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Saturn observation : how to calculate requirements for Parallax method

In September, Saturn is 9.9au away from Earth. If we use the parallax method, what should be the base line between the two people? So I know that $D = B / \theta$, but how do I find out theta? I'm ...
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How to photograph Saturn

I have been given an old telescope (Newtonian, 910mm) and I got a mount for my DSLR and I'm trying to take some pictures of various objects. In particular, I'm trying to photograph Saturn, but I'm ...
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Plumes vs Geyser [duplicate]

I've read, that on Enceladus scientists observed plumes containing water vapor. Can I use plumes and geysers interchangeable? if not, What's the difference between Plumes and Geysers? thanks!
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What does “Active Weather Patterns” mean?

I just read that Cassini discovered titan had "active Weather patterns". What does that mean?
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Why is the volume of Saturn is 764 times bigger than Earth, but its surface area only 83 times bigger? [closed]

If Saturn is 83x bigger that Earth by surface area why isn't the volume also 83x bigger than earth by volume? Is there a geometric or astronomical reason?
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Why is Enceladus's albedo greater than 1?

Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons, has a geometric albedo of 1.38 and a bond albedo of 0.81. How can the geometric albedo of Enceladus be greater than one? What are the similarities or differences ...
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Are the radial spokes in Saturn's rings reliably visible via ground-based telescopes

In the mid 1970's, Franklin and O'Meara saw persistent "radial spoke-like features" in the rings of Saturn, that should not have existed due to the differential rotation of the rings. A publication ...
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How large can a ball of water be without fusion starting?

How large can a ball of water be without fusion starting? Peculiar question: some explanation might be necessary. My young son is into ‘space’ and astronomy. One of his posters says that Saturn could ...
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Are there other pictures of Titan surface from Huygens?

I can't find any other picture of the Titan surface from the Huygens probe than this one Are there any? Are they not disclosed on purpose? If this is the only one taken, why? Titan surface http://i....
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How does the Saturn's low temperature influence the colour of the cloud belts? [closed]

I understood the meaning of the sentence literally but that's not enough to understand the process. Could you explain how that works? Thank you!
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How can we map masses orbiting the outer Solar System by determining the orbits of planets and smaller objects?

Neptune was discovered 170 years ago with the help of observations of Uranus' orbit. A great demonstration of the scientific principle for its time. Recently, Earth and cis-Lunar based radio ...
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Exactly what in Saturn has been located to within 4 km precision?

Saturn has been located with fantastic precision thanks to Cassini and VLBI. The location of the 120,000 km diameter giant planet (when defining the 1 bar pressure level as its surface) is known to ...
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Is there, in fact, any close-up photography of Saturn's rings, showing individual pebbles/rocks?

After reading this excellent but difficult answer, https://astronomy.stackexchange.com/a/18407/13071 I've been thinking how difficult it is to get a sense of the distance between and the size of ...
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Size of Saturn's ring material

How big are the chunks of rock ice that make up Saturn's rings? Are there many objects larger than pebble size?
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How is a day measured on a gas giant?

After watching this JPL video of a Cassini time lapse of Saturn, I wondered since being mostly gases, how do we know how long a day—one rotation period—is? Is there a usable relation between how fast ...
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Refraction by Saturn's atmosphere - how dense is it here?

This tweet from CassiniSaturn shows an image of Saturn's rings being optically distorted by the dense atmosphere. It is explained more fully on this page and is available here. The refraction is ...
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Why are Saturn bands much fainter than Jupiter's?

The atmospheric composition of both planets are very similar. Then why are Jupiter's bands more visible (North and South equatorial belt, etc.): Whilst Saturn's are not: (except for the storm of ...
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Will Saturn's Moons be destroyed?

I heard that Saturn has 62 moons with confirmed orbits, 53 of which have names and only 13 of which have diameters larger than 50 kilometers. Some come within 1km of each other. How do these moons ...
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Is it possible that Titan is a kuiper object captured by Saturn?

I think Titan may be just captured by Saturn, not formed with Saturn together, because: It has so much nitrogen and methane, which is similar to Pluto and Triton Except Titan, other moons of Saturn ...
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Were there any images of a transitary event of Jupiter or Saturn as imaged by a deep probe mission

I'm quite certain that there isn't any actual images of a transitory event of Jupiter or Saturn across the solar disk from say e.g.,s the Voyager probe, Pioneer 10/11 or even recent New Horizons ...
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Why does the planet Saturn have numerous (62) moons compared to the rest of the planets in the Solar System?

Saturn is a gas giant like Jupiter. It has everything from tiny moonlets less than 1 kilometer across to the enormous Titan, which is larger than the planet Mercury. Saturn has 62 moons with ...
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How to watch at best this week's planet alignement?

I read somewhere that counting from today, five planets will be aligned during almost two weeks IIRC. The planets are : Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury and... us. I know Jupiter and Mars can be seen ...
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How unusual is the solar system?

In Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, the main characters are looking for the long-lost Earth. There are two major features of the solar system that seem to make it unusual among the millions of ...
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Do great spot like features favour appear in south hemisphere?

As we know, both Jupiter and Neptune have great spot like features in South hemisphere, and Saturn has dragon storm in south hemisphere, is it true that great spot like features appear in South ...
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Trying to understand the way Saturn's ring look in this famous Cassini image

You all probably know the famous The day the Earth Smiled image. For the life of me I can't understand what's going on with the rings there. Seems like the "bottom" half of the rings is the half that ...
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Why does Saturn have both moons and rings?

From my understanding, a ring can form around a planet when a moon gets too close to its Roche limit, and gets ripped appart by the planet's gravity pull. That makes sense to me, but I don't ...
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Was there ever a Jupiter transit or Saturn transit?

I've watched the Venus transit 2004 with a small telescope, a relatively rare event, considering most people can only observe two in their life time. If E.T. were sitting in a sunny place on a moon ...
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The colour of saturn as it appears to the naked eye

I have started to watch the skies in order to learn stars, constellations planets etc. The few references I checked state that Saturn presents itself to the naked eye as a pale yellow tiny little ball,...
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Semimajor axis variations in co-orbital moons

I've been playing with simulations of co-orbital bodies similar to Saturn's moons Janus & Epimetheus- horseshoe orbits where the two bodies are of comparable mass- and I'm seeing some very odd ...
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Am I using my Celestron 8 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope correctly?

I became interested in astronomy a few years ago and started with a Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ refractor telescope. That seemed nice, and I wanted to upgrade to a go-to telescope that was also more ...
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Wouldn't the rings of Saturn experience tidal effect?

The "Lord of the Rings" has more than 60 moons, some of which are larger than Mercury. My question is, wouldn't the ring, which is mostly comprised of rocks, experience tidal effect whenever a moon is ...
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What is the Northernmost Latitude of Saturn?

My wife and I were watching a TV show last night, which takes place in Salem, Massachusetts circa 1693. One character went to a particular place in the woods at a particular time to be exactly under ...
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Why are gas giants colored the way they are?

As I understand it, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are all made primarily from varying proportions of hydrogen and helium. Despite this, Jupiter is very red, Saturn is yellow, and Uranus and ...
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What's special about Saturn that it has distinctive rings?

This may overlap with other questions, but I'm asking what is unique about Saturn in location, properties, etc that is has far more pronounced rings? It's between Jupiter and Uranus and Neptune in ...
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Recent origin of Saturn's rings

Saturn was formed around billion years ago along with Jupiter. After which it had enough time to form moon which can break into rings. Then why is it said that Saturn's ring are of recent origin - ...
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How to see Saturn's rings through a pair of binoculars?

I have a pair of 15x70 binoculars. I would not say what manufacturer to avoid being the subject of 'hold'. The current angular diameter is 15.5 arcseconds. I am wondering if that condition is enough ...
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How long do planetary rings last?

I'm surprised that this question hasn't been asked before (here or on Physics), to the best of my knowledge. It's one that I might have asked when I was a bit younger, and one that I think other ...