Bulging Disc

Does this image seem a little lopsided to you? It should. Saturn rotates a little more than twice each earth day. Over billions of years, it’s developed a bulge: the distance from pole to pole is about 10,000 miles less than from opposite locations on the equator.

A little night glow? Yes. Open the processors and gather a bit more light and we can see that the rings light up the night side of Saturn’s southern hemisphere.

From some future child’s bedroom … “Mom, turn off the rings; I can’t get to sleep!”

This book is a classic for great paintings of solar system sights. Included are a few spectacular renditions from the Saturnian atmosphere. Should be on every coffee table.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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