Welcome to the "Lord of the Rings"
recent arrival at Saturn, and the recent arrival of the first pictures and
I was stuck by something, the rings:
Not that they aren't ordinarily a striking thing to behold, often it's the first thing an amateur astronomer sees, when he get his first telescope.
But there is something else. The rings are teachers.
Written in space, by Saturn, and it's moons, are diagrams, of the laws of gravity, electromagnetism, and their interactions.
The Gaps, the waves, the harmonics, all illustrated, before our very eyes.
I remember, when I was a kid in science class, we sprinkled iron filings on a piece of paper, underneath there was a magnet. The Filings would line up
patterns, depicting the magnet's lines of force, you could "see" the magnetic
field. You could move the magnet around, and make the filings Dance, and stand up on the paper. It was like a toy, but you learned something too!
Now, Saturn is our Magnet, Space is the Paper, and the moons are our fingers. Making those Rings DANCE!
How are we so lucky, to be taught by
watching something that is Music to the eyes?
Science class has started, Pay Attention
[edit on 6-7-2004 by spacedoubt]