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20Jun
2017
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Planet Saturn


Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second-largest in the Solar System, after Jupiter.

Saturn is named after the Roman god of agriculture. Saturn was the Roman name for Cronus, the lord of the Titans in Greek mythology. Saturn is the root of the English word “Saturday.”

Galileo was the first to observe it with a telescope in 1610.

Saturn is visible to the naked eye but its rings can be seen through a telescope.

Saturn is 886 million miles, or 1426 million kilometres, from the Sun.

Saturn is the flattest planet.

Saturn With thousands of beautiful ringlets is unique among the planets.

Saturn is a gas giant made up mostly of hydrogen and helium.

Saturn orbits the Sun once every 29.4 Earth years. One day on Saturn is 10.5 hours

Saturn spins faster than any other planet except Jupiter, completing a rotation roughly every 10-and-a-half hours.

Saturn has at least 62 moons. The largest moons are Titan and Rhea.

Four spacecraft have visited Saturn:
Pioneer 11, Voyager 1 and 2, and the Cassini-Huygens mission have all studied the planet. Cassini continues to orbit Saturn, sending back a wealth of data about the planet, its moons, and rings.

Saturn’s environment is not favourable to life as the temperatures, pressures, radiation levels and materials that characterize this planet are most likely too extreme and fluctuating for organisms to adapt to.

Its slow movement against the backdrop of stars earned it the nickname of “Lubadsagush” from the ancient Assyrians. The name means “oldest of the old”.

 

 

 

Source: www.space.com / www.space-facts.com
Image Credit: www.nasa.gov

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