Saturn

William Sheehan

Saturn

William Sheehan

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224 pages | 50 color plates, 50 halftones | 6 3/4 x 8 3/4
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9781789141535 Published December 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Saturn is the showpiece planet of our solar system. It may not be the largest, nor the smallest, nor even the only planet with rings. But it is among the most stunning objects in the sky and is always breathtaking when seen in a telescope.

This is a beautifully illustrated, authoritative overview of the entire history of humankind’s fascination with the ringed planet, from the first low-resolution views by Galileo, Huygens, and other early observers with telescopes to the most recent discoveries by the spacecraft Cassini, which studied the planet at close range between 2004 and 2017. Saturn describes the planet from inside out, detailing the complicated system of rings and their interaction with Saturn’s bevy of satellites, and it considers how Saturn formed and the role it played in the early history of the solar system. Featuring the latest research and a spectacular array of images, this book will appeal to anyone who has ever gazed with wonder upon the sixth planet from the sun.
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BBC Sky at Night Magazine
“A detailed exploration of the most well-known of the ringed planets in our Solar System. It’s an amazing account of how much we can learn from so little; how, over time, new things slowly reveal themselves; and how many questions we have yet to answer about this infamous giant world. . . . This book manages to show how—with the help of Galileo and his early telescopes—Saturn went from being a pale orange dot wandering across the constellations, to a body vital to the development of ground-based astronomical observations. Sheehan relates the story in detail, but keeps it exciting as he spins the tale of the planet’s role in human history, from ancient Mesopotamia to modern-day space missions. . . . Saturn is a must-read for any enthusiastic amateur astronomer armed with a small telescope and the curiosity to learn more about the planet, its rings, and moons.”
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