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Plate showing a view of the planet Saturn with its ring system at a slight angle
The planet Saturn.
Observed on November 30, 1874, at 5h. 30m. P.M.
(Plate 10.)

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The New York Public Library

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Plate showing a view of the planet Saturn with its ring system at a slight angle. Saturn is described as follows by the author[1]:

Seen with the naked eye, Saturn shines in the night like a star of the first magnitude, whose dull, soft whiteness is, however, far from attaining the brilliancy of Venus or Jupiter, although it sometimes approaches Mars in brightness. Saturn hardly ever exhibits the phenomenon of scintillation, or twinkling, a peculiarity which makes it easily distinguishable among the stars and planets of the heavens.

  1. ^ The Trouvelot astronomical drawings manual. Trouvelot, Étienne Léopold. New York: Charles Scribner’s sons, 1882, p. 83.
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