Saturn is located at three sites:
- Camkeena Rest Area, Newell Highway
- Deringulla Bridge, Warrumbungles Way
- Oxley and Newell Highway Rest Area
In our model, Saturn is located up to 40 kilometres from the telescope dome (the Sun). In the real Solar System, Saturn is 1426 million kilometres from the Sun!
In Roman Mythology, Saturn was the god of agriculture. A ‘gas giant’ comprising about 75% hydrogen and 25% helium, Saturn is the least dense of the planets. If you could find a bowl of water large enough, Saturn would float! It was first observed with a telescope in 1610 by Galileo. The rings are made up of millions of pieces of ice and rock. The gap in the rings, ‘Cassini’s Division’ was discovered in 1675 by Italian-born French astronomer Giovanni Cassini. Saturn has 34 named moons.