Saturn Lab

Saturn Lab - Saturn Lab Parker R. Watson April 17, 2007...

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Saturn Lab Parker R. Watson April 17, 2007 Adam Trotter Astronomy 101 Section 412 “I pledge that I have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid on this report.”
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Abstract This lab was a lab calculating the mass of Saturn from the radius of Saturn’s rings and its moon, Titan’s, orbit. The ability to calculate this way is very helpful to astronomers because it allows them to find the mass of planets that are far away just by using the planets’ moons orbits. In a time when these things can all be calculated with computers, it is still pertinent because handwritten and calculated values show that the computers are correct in their calculations. Procedure To calculate Saturn’s mass, a picture of Saturn must be taken with Titan in view. It is best observe Saturn to find out Titan’s period (by recording how long it takes Titan to return to the point at which it began) and when Titan will appear at a point farthest to the right (or left) during its orbit. That will make measurements easier and more
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