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These views demonstrate the 29 year period for oppositions of Saturn and the dramatic changes in the appearance of the rings. Saturn's rings stay on a fixed axis, and we see the rings from both sides over one 29 year orbit of Saturn around the Sun.


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  • The Saturn views were simulated with "Full Sky", a computer program written by Tom Ruen. (Created here for public domain)
  • Reference:
    • Book: "Astronomical Formulae for Calculators, 4th edition", Jean Meeus, 1988, published by "Willmann-Bell, Inc"

External links: (Resources)

  • Opposition dates of Saturn: 1950-2099
  • Saturn flat map: 1800x900 pixel JPG
  • Saturn ring maps
  • Cool simulated images for Saturn from various views

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