• LOCATION 24 | Virtual Solar System Drive: From Narrabri to Siding Spring with Fred Watson

    Saturn

    In our model, Saturn is located up to 40 kilometres from the telescope dome which represents the Sun. In the real Solar System, Saturn is 1426 million kilometres from the Sun!

    Galileo was the first person to observe Saturn through a telescope in July 1610. He had already announced his discovery of the moons of Jupiter, but Saturn, the furthest known planet at that time, was twice as far away as Jupiter. Even with a telescope, it remained a mystery.

    Through Galileo's scope, he didn't see anything he'd seen before. He described the appearance as a planet with handles. No one knew about the intricate ring system, that we now know about. It was not for another 40 years, til a Dutch astronomer Christian Huygens finally discovered the rings of Saturn.

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Virtual Solar System Drive: From Narrabri to Siding Spring with Fred Watson