Planet Saturn

HUrricane on Saturn??

 On Earth, hurricanes in the Southern Hemisphere rotate clockwise. Thus, the storms in these images of Saturn's southern latitudes could be called "anti-hurricanes."

What is Saturn?

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and is the second largest in the solar system. Its day is 10 hours, 39 minutes long, and it takes 29.5 Earth years to revolve about the Sun. Saturn is the only planet less dense than water. One interesting Fact about Saturn! You know weight of Saturn? it's about 0.7 g because it made of gas. It can float on water.

How did Saturn get its name?

The Romans knew of seven bright objects in the sky: the sun, the moon and the five brightest planets. They named them after their most important gods. Saturn was named after the Roman god of agriculture. Saturn introduced agriculture to his people by teaching them how to farm the land. Saturn was also the Roman god of time and this is perhaps why the slowest  of the five bright planets was named after him. In Roman mythology Saturn was the father of Jupiter. Saturday is also named after the Roman god Saturn (Saturn's Day).

How far is the Saturn from the sun?

The average distance between Saturn and the Sun is 1,433,449,370 km or 890,700,000 miles or 9.58 AU. Light from the Sun takes about 80 minutes to reach Saturn.

How big is Saturn?

Saturn is the second largest planet in our solar system. Only Jupiter is larger. Saturn is about 75 thousand miles (120,000 km) in diameter and is almost ten times the diameter of Earth. About 764 Earths could fit inside Saturn. If you had a ball that was the size of a dime, Saturn would be a little bigger than a soccer ball.

Does the Saturn have any moons?

Titan is the largest moon of Saturn. Saturn's other moons are icy and cold so that they are hard as rocks. 

What is Saturn made of?

Saturn is not solid like Earth, but it is a giant gas planet. It is made up of 94% hydrogen, 6% helium and small amounts of methane and ammonia. Hydrogen and helium are what most stars are made of. It is thought that there might be a molten, rocky core about the size of Earth deep within Saturn.

What is Saturn’s air like?

Saturn’s air is moist.

What is the weather like on the Saturn?

The weather on Saturn is much like the gas giant planets. It is very cold and windy on the planet. The average temperature on Saturn is -285 degrees Fahrenheit. There is 1000 mile per hour wind speeds on Saturn.

Saturn facts

Saturn and some of its moons can be seen in the composite image at left. Four more moons were found in late 2000 and 9 more were discovered recently for a total of 31. Scientists are tracking more objects that may be additional moons.

The Voyager missions found winds, magnetic field, auroras and lightning on the planet similar to Jupiter. Also, the planet has light colored cloud bands (zones) and darker bands (belts) like the larger gas giant.

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