Marcus Reed, 15, from England has managed to capture a an incredible picture of Saturn using a 102mm diameter reflector telescope and a smartphone app called Sky Guide.
Marcus stayed up until 4am to get the image. “I had turned on the app and saw that Saturn was visible, so straight away I put my slippers on and ran downstairs, setting up my telescope on the back lawn in my pajamas”, Marcus said.
“I was pleasantly surprised when I looked back and saw I had such a clear picture, Saturn is my favorite planet”.
The picture of Saturn clearly shows Saturn’s rings, something which can only be seen with a telescope with a diametre of at least 15mm. The rings were first spotted by Galileo in 1610, but were only identified as rings in 1655 by Christiaan Huygens.
Named after the Roman god of agriculture, Saturn is the second largest planet and the sixth in distance from the Sun.