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Saturn is the 6th planet from the Sun. The planet is classed as a gas planet. Saturn derives its name from the Roman god for God of Time. Saturn has been known for centuries ever since people looked to the stars and noticed a star moving across the sky.The mass of the object is 568.46. The equatorial radius of the planet is 60268 whereas the volumetic mean radius is 58232. The Mean Density of the planet is 687. The surface acceleration of the planet is 8.96. The time the planet takes to revolve round the Sun is 10759.22 days or roughly 29.5 Earth Years. The length of a day on the planet is 10.656 hours, i.e. the time it takes to revolve once on its axis. The average temperature of the planet is -134K/-139C. The surface pressure of the planet is >1000bars.

Saturn is about 1433500000.0km from the Sun. The Orbit Eccentricity is 0.0565, that is how much the orbit deviates from a circle, between 0 and 1. The Orbit Inclination is 2.485, that is how much the orbit deviates from a circle, between 0 and 1. The volume of Saturn at the equator is 82713. The escape velocity, the speed which is need to break free is 35.5. The surface gravity of Saturn is 10.44 compared to Earth which for purpose of this site is 1. The following gasses can be found in the Saturn's atmosphere : Molecular hydrogen (H2) - 96.3% (2.4%); Helium (He) - 3.25% (2.4%)\n. More information and the source for the moon can be found at N.A.S.A.

Saturn is most famous for its rings and was for a long time considered to be the edge of the solar system, that was until Sir William Herschel discovered Uranus. Orbiting round the planet is Titan which if it wasn`t for its atmosphere wouldn`t stand out. Titan is the only satellite moon in the solar system known to have an atmosphere. The rings were first noticed by Galileo Galilei after he had made the first telescope.

Saturn

Visitors to Saturn, Pioneer, Voyager and Cassini

The first artificial visitor to Jupiter was the Pioneer 11 space probe back in 1979 on its journey out of the solar system. Since then, the Voyager probes have flown by and most recently the E.S.A. (European Space Agency) sent the Cassini-Huygens craft to look closer at Jupiter and its biggest moon Titan. The Cassini-Huygens probe is two parts, one to probe the planet from above, the other is to land on Titan. Both have successfully completed their original parts, arrive and land. The Cassini voyage round the planet continues. Huygens is named after Christiaan Huygens, the Dutch astronomer who discovered Titan. The Cassini part of the probe is named after Giovanni Domenico Cassini who discovered a number of Saturns moons and the separation of the rings.

Saturn Legend

The inspiration for naming Saturn came from the Roman God of the same name. Saturn was known as the God of Agriculture, Liberation and Time. Saturn was also the father of Jupiter of which is the planet that is closest to Saturn and is closer in than Saturn. The Greek equivalent of Saturn was the Greek God Cronus. Saturn`s wife was known as Ops and likewise, the wife of Cronus was Rhea. Saturday, the seventh day of the week is named after the Saturn. ref:Crystal Links


Saturn Facts



Position from Sun6 A.U.
MeaningGod of Time
Mass568.46
Equatorial Radius60268
Volumetric Mean Radius58232
Mean Density687
Surface Acceleration8.96
Orbital Period10759.22 Days
Length of Day10.656
Average Temperature-134K/-139C
Surface Pressure>1000bars
Distance from the Sun1433500000.0km from the Sun.
Orbit Eccentricity0.0565
Volume82713
Orbit Escape Velocity35.5
Surface Gravity10.44
AtmosphereMolecular hydrogen (H2) - 96.3% (2.4%); Helium (He) - 3.25% (2.4%)\n

List of Moons in orbit around Saturn



MoonDiscoveredOrbit Circumference
AegaeonAug. 15, 2008 1,052,433.54 km
Aegir12 December 2004 128,272,946.86 km
Albiorix9 November 2000 96,726,713.37 km
Anthe1,242,185.42 km
Atlas1980 865,005.81 km
Bebhionn12 December 2004 100,947,762.72 km
Bergelmir12 December 2004 120,893,879.74 km
Bestla12 December 2004 119,926,793.86 km
Calypso1 March 1980 2,371,369.91 km
Daphnis1 May 2005 857,654.79 km
Dione1684 2,371,365.51 km
Enceladus1789 1,495,622.32 km
Epimetheus1966 951,640.25 km
Erriapus2000 104,333,269.82 km
Farabauti12 December 2004 126,146,054.43 km
Fenrir12 December 2004 140,459,769.23 km
Fornjot12 December 2004
Greip6 March 2006 112,926,492.35 km
Hati12 December 2004 119,813,373.85 km
Helene1 March 1980 2,371,369.91 km
Hyperion1848 9,429,377.34 km
Hyrrokkin12 December 2004 112,647,481.66 km
Iapetus1671 22,368,684.06 km
Ijiraq23 September 2000 67,516,066.88 km
Janus1966 951,640.25 km
Jarnsaxa6 March 2006 120,173,869.21 km
Kari6 March 2006 130,186,531.63 km
Kiviuq7 August 2000 70,588,248.86 km
Logi6 March 2006 143,634,260.25 km
Methone1 June 2004 1,221,702.55 km
Mimas17 September 1789 1,165,663.95 km
Mundilfari2000 116,050,449.86 km
Narvi8 April 2003 116,260,381.58 km
Paaliaq7 August 2000 87,080,192.85 km
PalleneJune 1, 2004 1,333,789.24 km
Pan1990 839,307.89 km
Pandora1980 890,449.09 km
PhoebeAugust 1898 80,808,357.62 km
Polydeuces21 October 2004 2,369,799.06 km
Prometheus1980 875,749.31 km
Rhea1672 3,311,665.09 km
S/2004 S1312 December 2004 113,678,850.21 km
S/2004 S1712 December 2004 121,200,183.62 km
S/2004 S712 December 2004 122,178,525.37 km
S/2005 S1212 December 2004 121,512,877.18 km
S/2006 S16 March 2006 117,693,231.27 km
S/2006 S36 March 2006 133,000,661.82 km
S/2007 S22007 104,240,170.07 km
S/2007 S32007 118,243,025.18 km
S/2009 S1
Siarnaq23 September 2000 108,394,044.13 km
Skathi23 September 2000 95,953,368.15 km
Skoll6 March 2006 104,560,866.80 km
Surtur6 March 2006 136,538,557.68 km
Suttungr2000 121,977,843.10 km
Tarqeq16 January 2007 112,134,455.81 km
Tarvos23 September 2000 106,178,340.27 km
Telesto1 March 1980 2,371,369.91 km
Tethys1684 1,851,478.78 km
Thyrmr2000 121,156,943.36 km
Titan1655 7,675,612.02 km
Ymir2000 141,259,079.59 km




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