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The ringed world returns

November 2004: Beautiful Saturn commands the late evening sky, but you'll have to wait until dawn draws near to witness several other intriguing sights.
Guaranteed to draw gasps of delight from first-time observers, a telescopic view of Saturn and its rings stands without compare. The smallest scope easily reveals the tipped rings artfully surrounding a central globe. Perfection comes to mind: If the rings were either closer in or farther out, they somehow would look out of proportion to the planet. To find Saturn, look east in the late evening for the bright "star" with a steady yellow glow. Bump up the magnification as much as possible while s...

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