Facts about Saturn
Saturn is mostly known for
- Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and also the second-largest in the Solar System.
- It is a gas giant with an average radius (58,232 km )about nine times that of Earth.
- Saturn is named after the Roman god of agriculture; its astronomical symbol (♄) represents the god’s sickle.
- Saturn has a pale yellow colour due to ammonia crystals in its upper atmosphere
- Wind speeds on Saturn can reach 1,800 km/h (500 m/s), higher than on Jupiter, but not as high as those on Neptune.
- Saturn has a prominent ring system that consists of nine continuous main rings and three discontinuous arcs and that is composed mostly of ice particles with a smaller amount of rocky debris and dust
- Sixty-two moons are known to orbit Saturn, of which fifty-three are officially named
- Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, and the second-largest in the Solar System, is larger than the planet Mercury, although less massive, and is the only moon in the Solar System to have a substantial atmosphere
- Here are some of Saturns other moons: Enceladus, Rhea, Dione, Mimas, Iapetus, Tethys.