How Many Rings Does Saturn Have and How Many of the Planetary Rings Around Saturn Have Been Identified?

The answer depends on how you count the rings around Saturn.

Seven of Saturn’s ring systems have been identified and named by scientists, but some of those rings are made up of countless thin rings that parallel each other.

There could be thousands of them.

The seven major rings are named for the first seven letters of the alphabet.

Since the rings were not discovered in linear order, their sequence, beginning closest to Saturn, runs like this: D, C, B, A, F, G, and E. C, B, and A are Saturn’s major rings.

Between B and A, the two rings most visible from Earth, there is a large space known as the Cassini division.

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