You will agree when I say that Saturn is one of the most interesting planets.
It has so many features and facts. Like it was named after the Roman god of agriculture, Saturday is a day of Saturn and so many
So, in this post, you and I are going to see 20 quick facts about Saturn. So without wasting our time let’s get started.
Fascinating quick facts about Saturn planet
1. Saturn is that much less dense than it would float in water 💧
Even though we will not get such an ocean.
As it is the least dense planet in the Solar System.
Saturn has a density of only 0.687 g/cubic centimetres.
While our Earth has a density of 5.52.
Since Saturn is less dense than even water, it would float like an apple if you luckily could find a pool large enough. This will be crazy.
2. There could fit 764 earth inside Saturn
As we all know by terms of size it is the second-largest planet in the solar system.
Do you know that almost nine Earth’s side by side would almost span Saturn’s diameter? And this distance doesn’t include its rings.
3. Saturn is a hydrogen planet🔬
From the land to the atmosphere Saturn is made mostly of hydrogen.
According to scientists, Saturn is 75% hydrogen and 25% helium, little methane and ammonia. And that is why it’s so hot. 🔥
4. Very shorter day and very longer year🌝
Saturn is one of the fastest rotating planets. But, do you want to know the best part about it?
It takes 10.7 hours (no one knows precisely) to rotate on its axis; once on the other, it takes 29 earth years to revolve around the sun.
So let’s take a funny example: two babies born at the same time. One on earth and second on Saturn then when earth’s boy is 29 years Saturn boy will be only one year old.
5. It will take 258 days to drive around Saturn’s rings
If you were driving a car 🚘 at 75 miles (121 km) per hour.
Then it would take 258 days to drive around one of Saturn’s rings. It is so long.
6. Saturn looks yellow because of the presence of ammonia.
Light takes nearly 1 hour and 29 minutes to travel from Saturn and then arrive at us.
And it is due to the presence of ammonia that gives Saturn a yellow appearance, ammonia hydrosulfide – orange, and water–white.
7. Saturn has nearly 62 moons.
Which planet has the largest number of moons?
Jupiter, Now look here:
Jupiter has 67 discovered moons, but Saturn is second with 62. Some of these are so large, like Titan, which is the second-largest moon in the Solar System.
But most of them are tiny – just a few km across, and they have no official names.
8. Saturn is like a flattened ball 🏀
You might be wondering about this;
As we know Saturn spins so quickly on its axis, even that the planet flattens itself out into an oblate spheroid.
Seriously, you see this by yourself when you look at pictures of Saturn; it looks like someone squished the planet with a little force.
Of course, it’s the rapid spinning that’s squishing it and makes it the flattest planet in the solar system.
While the distance from the centre to the poles is around 54,000 km and the distance from the centre to the equator is 60,300 km.
It is so easy to see that locations on the equator are approximately 6,300 km more distant from the centre than the poles.
9. Saturn has given us the word ‘Saturday
One of the cool facts about Saturn is that
It is the root of the English word “Saturday“.
10. We can’t stand on this Gas planet
We all know that it will take many years for us to go there.
But who can wait for it? The amazing thing here is that its surface is made of gas such that you and I will sink its surface.
It does not have a solid surface like Earth’s. But it might have a solid core somewhere in there.
Saturn is about 75% hydrogen and 25% helium with minor traces of water, methane and ammonia.
11. Day length in Saturn was a mystery until recently 👤
Determining the rotation speed of Saturn was so difficult to do because there is a deal:
It does not have a solid surface.
No like Mercury, you just have to watch to see how long it takes for a specific crater to rotate back into view;
That’s why astronomers needed to come up with a better solution: the magnetic field.
To determine its rotational speed, astronomers had to measure the rotation of the planet’s magnetic field.
By one measurement, Saturn takes nearly 10 hours and 14 minutes to turn on its orbit.
But when Cassini approached Saturn, it clocked the rotation at around 10 hours and 45 minutes. So now Astronomers agree on an average day of 10 hours, 32 minutes and 35 seconds.
12. Saturn and Jupiter account for 90 % of the mass
Saturn combined with Jupiter account for 92% of the entire planetary mass in the solar system
13. There could be life near Saturn
This will be crazy: if someone says that there is life possible on Saturn because the planet is way too hostile to support life.
But as I said it is the solar system on its own. There could be life possible on one of Saturn’s moons: Enceladus and titan.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft recently discovered some ice geysers blasting out of Enceladus’ southern pole.
This means that some kind of process is to keep the moon warm enough that water can remain a liquid underneath the surface.
And wherever we find liquid water on our Earth, we find life.
Titan, which is one of Saturn’s 62 moons and its largest, has an atmosphere of mostly nitrogen similar to ancient Earth’s atmosphere.
14. Saturn’s rings are divided into A, B, C
Rings of Saturn extend up to 281.000 km / 175.000 mi from the planet.
The particles that make up the rings range from the size of small dust to as big a house, or even a building.
Saturn’s ring is divided into 7 groups: D ring, C ring, B ring, A ring, F ring, G ring, and E ring. Together, they are as wide as 4 piles of earth put side by side.
15. Second fastest wind
The winds on Saturn are the second fastest among the solar planets, after Neptune’s.
16. There great white spot on Saturn (brother of great red)
The region around Saturn’s north pole has a hexagonal-shaped pattern of clouds.
We all have heard of the great red spot but have you heard about a storm called the Great White Spot that appears on Saturn once every 30 Earth years.
It was first spotted in 1876, Saturn’s Great White Spot has since reappeared every 30 years.
This also means that many probes such as NASA’s Voyager probes missed the spot when they passed by Saturn from 1980 to 1981 since it didn’t reappear until 1990. Now it will reappear in 2050.
17. Saturn’s rings came from fragments of its destroyed moons
Its multi-coloured and large rings may be one of the most well-known facts about Saturn, but no scientist knows for sure where they came from.
Today, there are two main theories on its origins. The first theory suggests that it is formed from the fragments of a destroyed moon.
Meanwhile, the second theory suggests. that the rings came from leftover gas and dust when Saturn first formed.
18. You can see Saturn with your own eyes in the sky.
There are 5 planets visible with the unaided eye in the earth sky. If Saturn is in the sky, you can head outside and see it at night.
It is more visible in sept at south on 10 o’clock.
To see the rings and the ball of the planet itself, you’ll want a telescope. But you can just amaze your friends by pointing out that bright star in the sky, and say they’re looking
19. Saturn’s moon reflects 90% of the light falling in it 💡
Enceladus, one of Saturn’s smaller moons, reflects 90% of the sunlight, making it more reflective than snow in comparison.
20. Its rings are made of billions of particles of ice and rock. 🪨
Saturn has many rings; they are made of billions of particles of ice and rock, ranging in size from a grain of sugar to the size of a house.
These particles are believed to be debris left over from comets, asteroids or shattered moons.
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