Saturn is the second largest planet in our entire solar system. It is the sixth planet from the Sun and the most distant that can be seen with the naked eye. It is also the flattest and fifth brightest object in the solar system. Rings of this planet are the most extensive ones. It has approximately 62 moons and other smaller moonlets. Titan and Rhea are the largest of them. Titan is also the second largest moon of the entire solar system. Till now four spacecrafts, Pioneer 11, Voyager 1, Voyager 2 and Cassini-Huygens have visited the planet Saturn.
Facts you didn’t know: –
- It is not the only planet with rings. Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus also have rings but they are less spectacular as compared to Saturn’s.
- This planet is named after the Roman god of farming, Saturn.
- It is made mostly of gases which makes it the least dense planet in the solar system. If there is a tub large enough then Saturn can float in water.
- Saturn has the same seasonal changes as we experience here on earth because its equator is tilted at 27 degrees, similar to the earth.
- This planet has a small rocky core covered with liquid gas.
- Though rings of Saturn look continuous from the earth but they are not solid. They are made of dust, small rocks, ice crystals etc.
- Sometimes, these rings look like they are going away.
- This planet takes 29.5 earth years to make one complete orbit of the Sun.
- It spins on its axis very fast. A day on Saturn is only 10 hours and 14 minutes long.
- Galileo Galilei was the first person to see planet Saturn through a telescope in 1610.
- Saturn can be considered as a large ball of hydrogen and helium.
- Some scientists believe that the planet is too hostile to support life but there could be life on Enceladus, one of its moons.
- It has a very strong magnetic field that traps energy particles and results inhigh levels of radiation.