ansae


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ansae

(an -see) The parts of Saturn's rings that are visible on each side of the planet as viewed from the Earth. They appear rather like handles on a double-handled cup (the Latin word ansa means ‘handle’).

ansae

[′an·sē]
(astronomy)
The ends of the rings of Saturn, as seen from the earth.
Opposing extension or knots of a celestial object, such as a planetary nebula or lenticular galaxy.
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ansae but again only average values are given in this table.
9cm) Merz and Mahler refractor at Pulkovo Observatory, Otto Struve (1819-1905) came to the conclusion that certain aspects they had observed at the ansae, which he termed appendices lumineux, were independent of the ansae.
On May 15, two days before the Sun crossed the ringplane, Struve found: 'The line of ansae perfectly well visible.
A first glance at Fournier's drawing had convinced him that such a feature in terms of perspective would scarcely be visible at the oblique viewing angle that prevailed at the time of observation; unless that is, the 'new' ring extended in the ansae for a considerable distance beyond the extremities of Ring A.