“How many rings does Saturn have?”

Saturn's rings glow in the sunlight (Image: NASA)

That depends. How good is your telescope?

“Mommyo!”

No really. According to this article on Universe Today, folks looking through a consumer-grade telescope would probably see three rings. Scientists equipped with more powerful scopes can make out 8 distinct rings. But to spacecraft like NASA’s Cassini, which is currently orbiting Saturn and therefore can see the rings (and the divisions between them) in much greater detail, Saturn appears to have 30 rings (and counting).

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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