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Facts About the Planet Saturn

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By Jamie Ward
2016-10-24T12:14:01+00:00 Categories: Space|Tags: , |

If you like to watch the skies at night, you should check out these facts about one of the planets out there, the planet we call Saturn.

  1. Saturn is the lightest planet in our solar system.
  2. This planet is known as being a “gas giant”. The other planets that are classed as gas giants are Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus.
  3. Saturn is the second largest planet in our solar system.
  4. The rings of Saturn are made of chunks of rock and ice.
  5. If you was driving at 75 miles (121 km) per hour, it would take 258 days to drive around one of Saturn’s rings.
  6. Saturn’s winds can blow up to 1,100 miles per hour, which makes it the windiest planet in our solar system.
  7. As Saturn has a very low density, if you were able to put it into water, it would float!
  8. Saturn is so big that Earth could fit into it whooping 755 times!
  9. Saturn is twice as far away from the Sun as Jupiter is.
  10. A year on Saturn would take almost thirty Earth years.
  11. A day on Saturn is 10 hours 39 minutes.
  12. Enceladus, one of Saturn’s smaller moons, reflects some 90% of the sunlight, making it more reflective than snow!
  13. Saturn is approximately 856 million miles away from the Sun.
  14. Saturn is named after the Roman god of agriculture.
  15. Saturn has 64 known moons orbiting it.
  16. At times, Saturn can be the 3rd brightest planet in night sky.
  17. Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is the only moon in the Solar System to possess an atmosphere.
  18. Saturn is about 75% hydrogen and 25% helium with minor traces of water, methane and ammonia.
  19. Galileo was the first to observe this planet with a telescope in 1610.
  20. Saturn is the root of the English word “Saturday”.

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2016-10-24T12:14:01+00:00 Categories: Space|Tags: , |
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Jamie Ward is a part-time web developer and blogger. He enjoys writing about religion, technology and space. You'll often find him at a local coffee shop reading, and enjoying a latte.

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  1. […] phrase for Saturday interprets as do youbi, that means “soil day” and is related to the planet Saturn (not the God) which is named dosei in Japanese and interprets as “soil […]

  2. […] phrase for Saturday interprets as do youbi, which means “soil day” and is related to the planet Saturn (not the God) which is known as dosei in Japanese and interprets as “soil […]

  3. […] Saturn is the last planet whose discovery date cannot be pin-pointed but it seems that it was first recorded by the Assyrians. They’re said to have written the oldest records of Saturn, or “the star of Ninib”, describing it as a sparkle in the night around 700 BC. Later on, Ancient Greeks named an apparent wandering star Kronos, after the god of agriculture in 400BC which the Romans later renamed Saturnus.  When Galileo first monitored Saturn in the early 1600s, he didn’t think the planet had rings, but that it was an object with 3 parts or a triple planet. Christiaan Huygens, over 40 years later, conceived that the 3 objects were actually rings as we know today, the rings themselves are made of rock and ice. […]

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