Saturn

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Saturn: A Colossal Planet

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:18 am

Nine Earths side by side would almost span Saturn’s diameter. That doesn’t include Saturn’s rings.
Source: NASA
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Saturn: In Dim Light

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:19 am

Saturn is the sixth planet from our Sun (a star) and orbits at a distance of about 886 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers) from the Sun.
Source: NASA
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Saturday: Short Day, Long Year

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:20 am

Saturn takes about 10.7 hours (no one knows precisely) to rotate on its axis once—a Saturn “day”—and 29 Earth years to orbit the sun.
Source: NASA
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Saturn: Gas Giant

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:20 am

Saturn is a gas-giant planet and therefore does not have a solid surface like Earth’s. But it might have a solid core somewhere in there.
Source: NASA
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Saturn: Hot Air

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:21 am

Saturn's atmosphere is made up mostly of hydrogen (H2) and helium (He).
Source: NASA
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Saturn: Mini Solar System

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:22 am

Saturn has 53 known moons with an additional 29 moons awaiting confirmation of their discovery—that is a total of 82 moons.
Source: NASA
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Saturn: Glorious Rings

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:22 am

Saturn has the most spectacular ring system, with seven rings and several gaps and divisions between them.
Source: NASA
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Saturn: Rare Destination

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:23 am

Few missions have visited Saturn: Pioneer 11 and Voyagers 1 and 2 flew by; But Cassini orbited Saturn 294 times from 2004 to 2017.
Source: NASA
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Saturn: Lifeless Behemoth

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:24 am

Saturn cannot support life as we know it, but some of Saturn's moons have conditions that might support life.
Source: NASA
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Saturn: Add a Touch of Earth

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:26 am

About two tons of Saturn’s mass came from Earth—the Cassini spacecraft was intentionally vaporized in Saturn’s atmosphere in 2017.
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Epimetheus

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:50 am

The NASA Solar System website compares Epimetheus (one of Saturn's many moons) both Swiss cheese and a potato.
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