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(Slate)   Saturn's rings: They are just wafer thin   (slate.com) divider line 11
    More: Cool, Saturn, ring systems, Philip C. Plait, water ice, angular momentum, Cassini Spacecraft, Bad Astronomy, Death from the Skies  
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2014-05-02 11:27:56 AM  
:)
 
2014-05-02 11:35:51 AM  
Looks more like Uranus than Saturn

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2014-05-02 12:14:27 PM  
fark off. i'm stuffed.
 
2014-05-02 01:17:56 PM  
Its magnificent system of rings is awe-inspiring, composed of countless tiny particles of water ice, each orbiting the gas giant planet individually.

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Oi! Did that guy just say rings are cool?
 
2014-05-02 01:26:36 PM  
I like Plait, but can someone tell him to stop bolding and/or italicizing every second word?
 
2014-05-02 01:46:51 PM  
OMG KERBALS!

Looking forward to the update when they add a ringed planet to KSP.
 
2014-05-02 03:04:15 PM  

Uzzah: [i1.ytimg.com image 425x240]

JJ Abrams-like photo detected.
 
2014-05-02 03:18:20 PM  
Why hasn't Cassini gotten close to the rings for some detailed photos?  Or have I missed them?
 
2014-05-02 04:14:50 PM  
The planet Saturn is beyond question the jewel of the solar system


I dunno, I think the one proven capable of hosting life is pretty farking amazing.
 
2014-05-02 05:01:00 PM  

flamark: Why hasn't Cassini gotten close to the rings for some detailed photos?  Or have I missed them?


The orbital path of Cassini was to cross close in to the rings on the first series of passes by the planet and then back out again.  Almost all of the orbits since are significantly way out, closer to the moons. So, any close up images of the rings was in the first year of photography.

No idea what the future plans on the orbital passes are, but running Cassini through the rings close to the end of the life of the mission sounds very cool. Doing the same thing early on in the lifespan of the thing would have been too risky.
 
2014-05-02 05:50:41 PM  

R.A.Danny: Looks more like Uranus than Saturn

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The scene that occurred to every Farker when the trigger word wafer was mentioned

We are but Pavlov's dogs
 
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