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    Saturn's rings as seen from a moon

    If I am on a moon of Saturn, near the limb of the moon as seen from Saturn, so Saturn is near the horizon, will the rings be parallel or perpendicular to the horizon?

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    Anywhere.

    The limb is a meridian all around the moon - it includes both poles, both crossings with equator, and everywhere in between, crossing all latitudes (twice).

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    So it would depend whether I am at a pole or equator, or inbetween?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Mazanec View Post
    If I am on a moon of Saturn, near the limb of the moon as seen from Saturn, so Saturn is near the horizon, will the rings be parallel or perpendicular to the horizon?
    They can be either one or in between. The reason is because you would be standing on an hour circle that has 360 different degrees of angle for you to choose from to place yourself and your telescope on that moon. The same applies to any human standing on Earth and looking at Saturn. While the tilt of the rings would remain the same, the entire ring can be at any of 360 degrees.

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