The Seasons of Saturn
So what season is it on Saturn now?
Orbiting the equator, the tilt of the
of Saturn provides quite a graphic seasonal display.
Each year until 2016, Saturn’s rings will be increasingly apparent
after appearing nearly edge-on in 2009.
The ringed planet
is also well placed in evening skies providing a grand view
as summer comes to Saturn’s northern
hemisphere and winter to the south.
The Hubble Space Telescope took the above
of images about a year apart, starting on the
left in 1996 and ending on the right in 2000.
Although they look solid, Saturn’s Rings are likely
>less than 50 meters thick and
consist of individually orbiting bits of ice and rock ranging in size from grains of sand to barn-sized boulders.