oa Journal of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Translucency of Saturn's rings

Volume 3, Issue 4
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Material substances may be broadly segregated into two classes: those which transmit light - the transparent, and those which intercept the light falling upon them - the opaque. None of them, it is true, is either absolutely transparent or absolutely opaque. Light is intercepted, to some degree, by air, water and glass, while it will penetrate thin layers of metal. Some substances occupy, indeed, a midway position; they are penetrable to a greater or less extent by light, though an object cannot be seen distinctly through them. Such substances are named ""translucent.""

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