Solar System/Saturn

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Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and is the second largest planet (after Jupiter), with a diameter of 120536 kilometers (9.4 times that of Earth). Saturn is known for its spectacular rings, which can be clearly seen with a home telescope of modest size. Saturn is one of the four gas giants. Even though Saturn is much more massive than Earth, if it had a solid surface and you stood on it you would weigh only 6% more than you do on Earth. This is because you would be standing much farther from the center of the planet than you do on Earth.

Orbit[edit]

Saturn orbits the Sun in 29.46 Earth-years, with an orbital eccentricity of 0.05 and an average distance from the Sun of 9.54 AU (Earth-Sun distances).

Rotation[edit]

Saturn rotates prograde (in the direction of its path around the Sun) once every 10 hours 14 minutes, with an axial tilt of 25.33°.

Physical characteristics[edit]

Saturn is the only planet that is less dense than water—in fact its density is just 0.69 that of water.

Regions[edit]

Temperature[edit]

Atmosphere[edit]

Clouds and winds[edit]

Spots[edit]

Vortices[edit]

Internal structure[edit]

Magnetic field[edit]

Magnetosphere[edit]

Rings[edit]

The most beautiful planetary system[edit]

The discovery Of Saturn's rings[edit]

Composition of the rings[edit]

The origin of the rings[edit]

The shepherd satellites[edit]

"Spokes" or radial formations[edit]

Satellites[edit]

Titan[edit]

Titan is the second largest moon in the solar system and has a diameter over 5% greater than that of the planet Mercury. It is the only planetary moon that has a thick atmosphere.

Mimas[edit]

Enceladus[edit]

Tethys[edit]

Dione[edit]

Rhea[edit]

Iapetus[edit]

Hyperion[edit]

Phoebe[edit]