SATURN

Saturn is the seventh planet from the sun. It is approximately 888 million miles away from sun. It only takes 10 hours to rotate around it's axis. That's a little less then half of a day for us. If you think of the time you are at school, and then the time it takes you do your homework and eat, that's around how long 1 day is on Saturn. It takes 10,759.2 days for it to travel once around the sun. It travels around the sun in an elliptical which is an oval-type shape. It's the same shape as the earth's rotation. It only takes 365 days for us to travel around the sun once. put that in proportion and Saturn's years are 30 times longer then ours.

Saturn can be seen from earth with out any special equipment. But those really sweet rings that it has are invisible from earth. Saturn was the furthest known planet away from the Sun that the ancient Romans knew about. They named it after the Roman god for agriculture Saturn is the second largest planet, only Jupiter is bigger.

Saturn has 7 HUGE rings around it. these rings are made of ice particles that travel around the planet. Jupiter, Neptune, and Uranus are the only other planets that have rings. Their rings aren't as cool as Saturn's because they cannot be seen as well.

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Saturn is a gas giant. It is made of mostly hydrogen and a little helium and even more methane. Hydrogen and Helium are both lighter then air and have no oxygen in them for us to live. so its physically impossible for us to step foot on Saturn without an oxygen gas mask.


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Saturn's sunrise
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=Saturn's Moons!!!=
Saturn has over 30 moons. These are some of the biggest:
1. Titan
2. Rhea
3. Iapetus
4. Dione
5. Tethys
These moons are all much larger then our moon.
Titan is even bigger than then the planet of mercury!
Titan also has an atmosphere of its own. This atmosphere has several layers of haze. It has a pressure of 1.6 times that of earths, and is made up of primarily Nitrogen with about 1% concentration on methane. The Temperature on the surface of Titan is about -180 degrees Celsius. (that's freezing!!!!)

Saturn's other moons have icy surfaces that are very cold so that the ice is as ridged as rock and craters form from meteor impacts.



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This ^ is Saturn's Planetary Symbol and also the god in which the planet was named after.


What is Saturn made of?

Saturn is a very gaseous planet, and a very windy planet with 1,000 mile per hour winds that do a good job of mixing up its atmosphere and making it appear homogeneous through earth based telescopes. Homogeneous means that the planet all looks similar, and mixed together. Saturn's atmosphere is made of ammonia, methane, and water vapor. Deeper in Saturn's atmosphere the gasses turn to liquid helium and hydrogen. Below Saturn's atmosphere there might be a small rocky core. The top of the clouds have an average temperature of -285 degrees Fahrenheit, with warmer temperatures deeper in. A churning hexagonal cloud formation has been spotted near the north pole and has persisted for a few decades now. (superkids.com)

Some Fun Facts about Saturn!

Saturn is one of the five planets you can see from earth with your naked eyes.

At times, it is the 3rd brightest planet in the sky.

Equatorial Diameter is 120,536 kilometers (74,898 miles) at cloud tops.

Density is 0.69 (water 1), the least dense planet and the only one lighter than water. (This means that it=

could float in a bath tub.)

Saturn is 95 times bigger than earth. (superkids.com)

Some previous explorations where Pioneer 11, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. (Superkids.com)

Saturn is by far the coolest planet with those sweet action rings.

By: Chris "Colby Jack" Colby & Gavin "CowGirl" Dallas