“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).

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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