|95.181 x Earth
9.4494 x Earth
9.5388 x Earth
|The sixth planet from the sun and
the second largest in the solar system, Saturn has captivated generations with its mystery
Saturn's oval shape is a result of its incredible rotation period of only 10 hours, 39 minuets. Saturn's atmosphere is composed primarily of hydrogen. In fact, the planet is less dense than water. The wind on Saturn is intense. While slower at higher latitudes, winds can reach speeds of over 1,100 miles an hour around the equator.
While they appear solid, Saturn's rings are made up of many narrow ringlets. Much of this structure is a result of the gravitational forces of Saturn's many moons on the rings. While no one is certain of their composition it is know that they are made partly of water. The origin of the rings is also unknown, but it has been speculated that they are the remains of several larger moons destroyed by comets or asteroids.
Saturn is home to eighteen moons ranging from captured asteroids to atmospheric words. Be sure to check them out.
The above photo is the only actual photo of the planet Saturn that
appears at this site. All other planet images have been created with 3D graphics software.
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