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A 15-Year-Old School Boy Captures Incredibly Clear Picture Of Saturn And Its Iconic Rings Using A Telescope In His Back Garden


A 15-year-old boy, from Seaford, East Sussex, captured an awesome picture of Saturn using a personal telescope in his back garden that many experienced astrophysicists would be proud of. Marcus Reed was able to take this perfect picture of the Saturn, as well as its entire rings, using a reflector telescope of diameter 102mm. According to Marcus Reed, he stayed up till 4 am, using an iPhone app called Sky Guide to pinpoint the Saturn in the sky.

He said: “I took the picture at four in the morning. I turned on the app and saw that Saturn was evident, so straight away I put my slippers on and ran downstairs, setting up my telescope on the back lawn in my pajamas. I was pleasantly amazed when I looked back and saw I got such a clear picture - Saturn is my favorite planet. 'I have been interested in astronomy and photography for a long time, and I really enjoy it - I use my telescope every night when it's clear.”

The Gas Giant (Saturn) is the sixth planet from in the Solar System and also the second largest in the solar system. Saturn has been observed by astrophysicists in the night's sky since early times.


Tom Kerss, an astrophysicist at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, said: “Marcus has done an amazing job at capturing such a clear view of Saturn we might see with our eyes using a good beginner’s telescope.

The familiar rings are clearly seen surrounding the Saturn, which as of this month is rising before the Sun.



Marcus Reed,, took the picture of Saturn from his back garden using a basic amateur 102mm diamete reflector telescope 

Currently one of Saturn’s poles appears to be covered by its rings, which are more inclined from our view, but in 7 years or so Saturn will once again look just like Marcus has captured it here.”

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