Saturn is the second-largest planet in our Solar System and the sixth planet from the Sun.
Moreover, Saturn is considered as “The Jewel of the Solar System”.
Let’s take a look at 15 stunning facts about the planet Saturn.
- Saturn is the fifth brightest planet in the solar system.
- The planet was named after the Roman god Saturnus, the god of agriculture and harvest.
- Saturn is the root of the English word “Saturday”, the seventh day of the week.
- The average distance of Saturn is 886 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers) from the Sun. It is almost nine times the distance of the sun from the Earth.
- Saturn is a gas-giant planet, that appears ringless about two times in every 29 and a half years.
- It takes about 29 Earth years (or 10,759 days) to orbit around the sun, and 10 hours 39 minutes to rotate on its axis – that is a Saturn day.
- Saturn’s winds can reach speeds of up to 1,800 km/h (1,100 mph), which is ten times faster than winds on Earth.
- The rings of Saturn are made of small particles of ice and rock.
- Saturn is the farthest of the five planets that can be seen to the naked eye from Earth. The other four planets are Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter.
- Saturn has at least 62 known moons orbiting the planet. Of which 53 moons have been officially named, and another 9 moons are waiting to be officially named.
- Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is the only moon in the solar system with a dense atmosphere and liquid lakes.
- Titan is the second-largest moon in the solar system, after Jupiter’s moon Ganymede. In fact, it is bigger than the planet Mercury.
- Saturn is the least dense planet in the solar system, and if it could be placed in a large pool of water, the planet would float.
- Saturn’s atmosphere is made mostly of hydrogen (96.3%) and helium (3.25%) with trace amounts of ammonia, acetylene, ethane, propane, phosphine and methane.
- In 1610, Italian astronomer “Galileo Galilei” was the first person to observe this planet through a telescope.