The Ring Planet Saturn

Welcome to Ring Planet Information
A website about the planet Saturn

Saturn is one of the most magnificient planetary views in the sky. Saturn is a gas giant with a ring of moonlettes which is easily visable to binoculars or telescopic viewing. The Rings of Saturn were first observed by Galileo Galilei with his telescope in 1610. Saturn is named after the Roman god Saturn (father of Zeus).

Today in Astronomy History
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September 1, 5509 BCE
Day of Creation according to the Byzantine Empire

September 1, 1804
German astronomer Karl Ludwig Harding discovers one of the largest main belt asteroids, Juno.

September 1, 1859
The first solar flare is observed and it effects telegraph service.

September 1, 1882
The first observations of the Great September comet of 1882 are made at the Gulf of Guinea and at the Cape of Good Hope.

September 1, 1979
Pioneer 11 becomes the first spacecraft to visit Saturn as it passes at 21,000 km

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