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A brief astronomical history of Saturn's amazing rings

Updated : August 15, 2019 01:36 PM IST

Four decades later, Giovanni Cassini first suggested that Saturn was a ringed planet, and what Galileo had seen were different views of Saturn’s rings.
Astronomers understanding of the rings changed dramatically with the Pioneer 11 and twin Voyager missions to Saturn.
The reason why the giant planets are adorned with rings and Earth and the other rocky planets are not was first proposed by Eduard Roche, a French astronomer in 1849.
A brief astronomical history of Saturn's amazing rings
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