Saturn is the second largest planet. Only Jupiter is larger. Saturn has seven thin, flat rings around it. A couple of planets have rings, but their rings are much fainter than those around Saturn. Saturn's diameter at its equator is 74,600 miles which is almost ten times that of Earth. The planet can be seen from Earth with the unaided eye, but its rings cannot. Saturn was the farthest planet from the earth that the ancient astronomers knew about. They named Saturn after the Roman God of agriculture.
Saturn Facts You Might Not Know About
- A 100 pound object on Earth would weight 116 pounds on Saturn.
- Saturn has the lowest density of all the planets in the solar system. It is so light that it could actually float on water if there was an ocean big enough to hold it.
- It takes about 29.46 Earth years for Saturn to orbit around our sun.
- Saturn's rings are made up of billions of pieces of rocks and dust.
- Saturn has over 50 known Satellites, but many of them are small and faint.
- Saturn has no solid surface. It is a giant ball of gas, but it does have a solid inner core.
- The temperature difference between the poles and the equator is very small on Saturn.
- The atmosphere of Saturn comprises mostly of Hydrogen and Helium.
- Galileo was the first astronomer to observe Saturn's rings...
- He could not see the rings clearly with his small telescope and thought they were large Satellites.
- Titan is the only Saturn Moon with an atmosphere.
- Titan is also larger than the planet Mercury.