Here are some interesting facts about Saturn. Saturn is probably one of the most beautiful planets in the solar system. It is also the second largest planet. Saturn got its name after the Roman harvest god – Saturnus. Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the distance between these two bodies is nearly 891 million miles. Saturn winds can reach the speed on 1800 kilometers per hour. One day in Saturn has only 10 hours and 40 minutes. This is how long it takes Saturn to make one rotation. The exact number of Saturn rings and moons still remains quite unclear. We know that Saturn definitely has both moons and rings, but we don’t know how many there are.
Interesting facts about Saturn
• Who discovered Saturn? Saturn was discovered by Galileo Galilei, in 1610. Galileo thought that Saturn rings were actually the moons. He was a bit confused when he saw the rings disappearing occasionally.
• In 1655, Christian Huygens discovered that these “disappearing moons” were actually rings.
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• Saturn’s core is composed of ice and rock. Then, there is a thick gas layer. Saturn in composed of gases – helium, hydrogen, methane, ammonia, ethane, etc. Saturn has a rather cold climate. The temperature is nearly -180 C.
• Saturn rings makes this planet even more beautiful. Many people believe that Saturn is the only planet that has rings. It isn’t – but Saturn ring are definitely magnificent. If you observe Saturn using a small telescope, you will probably see only three rings. If you use a powerful telescope, you will see more rings.
• Saturn density is very low. Because of its density, Saturn would probably float in water.
• Saturn has nearly sixty moons. Well, those are the moons we know about. Many moons are still undiscovered. The largest moon of Saturn is called Titan and this moon is larger than Pluto and Mercury.
• Saturn can be seen without using a telescope. You won’t be able to see its moons and rings, but you will see the planet itself. Saturn looks like a very bright star.
• Saturn is flattened at tits poles – this is because its rotation is very fast. The distance from the center of the planet to the equator is longer than the distance from the center to its poles.
• Four spacecrafts visited Saturn to find more information about this planet. The first mission was in 1979, when the Pioneer 11 was sent. In 1980, the Voyager was sent to orbit the planet, and one year later, Voyager 2 was sent, too. In 2004, Cassini was sent to orbit Saturn and take pictures and other information.
• We still have to find out new things about Saturn. We don’t know how many moons are yet to be discovered. We are quite certain that there are other interesting facts that we still don’t know. We are waiting for new discoveries. Until then, we can enjoy observing Saturn in the night sky.