The Planets

Saturn

"Probably the coolest planet" -Neil deGrasse Tyson


Saturn, the sixth planet from the Sun and the second biggest planet in our solar system, was discovered in 1610 by Galileo. Its name comes from the Roman god of Agriculture. It is most iconic for the many rings that surround the planet.


Interesting Facts:

  • Saturn's radius is 36,184 miles
  • It's distance from the sun is 890,700,000 miles
  • It takes 29 earth years for it to make a complete orbit
  • Days on Saturn are only 10 hours long


Saturn as a planet has one hundred and fifty moons. However, only fifty three of these moons are named. One of these moons is named Titan, which is the second largest moon in the solar system and also bigger than Mercury. Saturn is made from mostly hydrogen and helium, so it is considered a gas giant. However, most of Saturn is not actually in the gaseous state of matter. In addition to this, the radius of Saturn is about nine times the radius of Earth. It is 7527 miles smaller (in terms of radius) than Jupiter. The rings of Saturn are composed of ice, tholin, and carbon. It is not known what these rings are made of. Some scientists claim that it is a remnant of a destroyed moon, some others claim that is is from the nebular material of which Saturn formed from.


More Fun Facts


  • Saturn in mythology is the ruler of Capricorn and also Aquairius.
  • If you put Saturn in a tub, it would float
  • You cannot stand on Saturn, it is not solid enough to stand on.



In the end, Saturn is one of the coolest planets, its good looking, has rings, and is one of the largest obejcts in our solar system.




Citations:
NASA
ScienceDaily
SolarViews
The Academy for Future Science

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