What are Saturn's rings made of? Could there be life on the moon Titan? Does the icy moon Enceladus host an ocean?
The weird worlds of Saturn and its array of moons show a bounty of treasures that space missions are just beginning to reveal. This free ebook from Sky & Telescope will teach you the facts about the Ringed Planet, from its rings and where they came from to the planet's bizarre collection of moons — scroll down to download the ebook for free! This free ebook from Sky & Telescope provides numerous insights into what makes Saturn and its lunar family so unique. This free ebook includes:
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- A closer look at the moons Enceladus, Rhea, and Iapetus: small and bizarre ice-worlds that orbit the ringed planet
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Learn All About Saturn, Its Rings, and the Planet's Weird and Wonderful Moons
Article #1: Ringworld Revelations
by Matthew S. Tiscareno
Saturn's rings make a beautiful sight through a telescope, and they become even more stunning the more we learn about them. Saturn's rings unwrapped would stretch from Earth to the Moon, yet they're not much thicker than a troupe of acrobats standing on one another's shoulders. Find out how something so fragile stays stable over time.
Article #2: Titan: Earth in Deep Freeze
by Jason Barnes
In addition to its vast rings, Saturn is famous for its mysterious moon Titan. Saturn's largest moon, Titan holds onto a dense and hazy atmosphere that conceals an Earth-like landscape sculpted into mountains, lakes and dunes. Yet it's a vastly different place from Earth, with "ghost rain," polar seas, and smog that falls out of the sky. Read up on the fascinating facts returned by robotic probes, and the tantalizing secrets that remain.
Article #3: Ice Worlds of the Ringed Planet
by Emily Lakdawalla
Saturnian moons number more than 60, each of them a unique geological wonder. NASA's Cassini mission discovered icy geysers on Enceladus's surface spewing material into space and filling Saturn's E ring. Two-faced Iapetus reveals some of its secrets in Cassini photos. And Rhea, Saturn's second-largest moon, exhibits tantalizing hints of a ring system of its own. Learn more about each of these icy worlds in this in-depth coverage.
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