It’s not every day that you can give a planet its due. And Saturn — the second-largest planet and sixth from the sun — deserves plenty of awe and accolades. The massive planet is almost mesmerizingly beautiful, and its rings have seduced both researchers and amateur astronomers since they were first spotted by Galileo in 1610.

Now, you can take your love of the ringed planet to the next level at “An Ode to Saturn” on March 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets at Fifth and K streets NW in Washington. The free event is sponsored by the DC Science Cafe and features two NASA scientists who have devoted their careers to the planet.

Michael Flasar and Carrie Anderson don’t just love Saturn — they’ve helped explore it. Both were part of the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and its moons, which met with a spectacular end in 2017 after the spacecraft dipped and dived between Saturn’s rings. In September, it crashed into Saturn’s atmosphere, but not before delivering some seriously valuable scientific data and photographs of the planet and its rings.

Flasar and Anderson will discuss the mission and what’s left to discover, and help crush some popular myths about the planet. You might even end up waxing poetic about the planet yourself.

Can’t attend the event? You can still feel the love — the Cassini mission website at is a resource for all things Saturn.