There are two main theories regarding the origin of Saturn's inner rings. One theory, proposed by Edouard Rouche in the 19th century, is that the rings were once a moon of Saturn whose orbit decayed until it came close enough to be ripped apart by tidal forces. A variation of this theory is that the moon disintegrated after being struck by a large comet or asteroid. The second theory is that the rings were never part of a moon, but are instead left over from the original nebular material from which Saturn formed.
Christiaan Huygens discovered the first known moon of Saturn. The
year was 1655 and the moon was Titan. Saturn's largest moon, it is one
of the most
Earth-like worlds found to date. It has a thick atmosphere resembles a
frozen version of Earth,
several billion years ago.
Titan has a substantial, active atmosphere and complex, Earth-like processes that shape its surface. The moon is enveloped by an orange haze of naturally produced photochemical smog.
Titan's surface is shaped by rivers and lakes of liquid ethane and methane, which forms clouds and occasionally rains from the sky. Winds sculpt vast regions of dark, hydrocarbon-rich dunes that girdle the moon's equator and low latitudes. Volcanism might also occur, but with water instead of lava.
Saturn in Astrology
Saturn governs ambition, career, authority and hierarchy, and conforming social structures. It concerns a person's sense of duty, discipline and responsibility, and their physical and emotional endurance during hardships. Saturn is also considered to represent the part of a person concerned with long-term planning. The Return of Saturn is said to mark significant events in each person's life. In Chinese astrology, Saturn is ruled by the element earth, which is warm, generous, and co-operative.
Saturn is often associated with father/authority figures. In childhood, the discipline, rules, and regulations imposed on uswere not always pleasant, but actually helped us to understand the world around us. Similarly, Saturn's lessons actually help us to grow.In the chart, the position of Saturn by sign and house reveals our own limitations, fears, and sense of responsibility. Saturn brings definition, and often limitation, to the planets it aspects.