Solar Week - Ask a Question

Come here during Solar Week (next one: March 22-26, 2021) to interact. To post a question, click on your area of interest from the topics below, and then click on the "Ask New Question" button. Or EMAIL or tweet or plant in Answer Garden your question about the Sun or life as a scientist to us -- and watch for it to appear here.  You can also visit our FAQs (frequently asked questions). In between Solar Weeks in October and March, you can view all the archives here.

PrevPrev Go to previous topic
NextNext Go to next topic
Last Post 10/24/2008 7:43 AM by  Kris Sigsbee
 1 Replies
You are not authorized to post a reply.
Author Messages



10/24/2008 4:51 AM

    John M (Fx) 5th grade

    I herad the rings ofsaturn are going to disappear, is this something that happens all the time?

    Tags: Saturn

    Kris Sigsbee

    Basic Member

    Basic Member

    10/24/2008 7:43 AM

    Hi John,

    Yes, this is something that happens about every 14-15 years. On September 4, 2009, the Saturn's rings will disappear as viewed from the Earth. The rings of Saturn will still be there, the same as they always have been. We just won't be able to see them because we will be looking directly at the edge of the rings from here on the Earth. The rings are actually very, very thin! As the relative orientations of the Earth and Saturn change, the rings will reappear again a few months later. You can learn more in this story and video from the American Institute of Physics:


    You are not authorized to post a reply.

    Twitter Feed

    Scientist Leaderboard

    Name # of replies
    Multiverse skin is based on Greytness by Adammer