By Derek Horstmeyer

Interesting Facts about Saturn

  • Saturn is the 6th planet from the sun.
  • Saturn is the 2nd largest planet in the solar system after Jupiter.
  • Saturn is best known for it planetary rings.
  • Saturn has 62 moons and 53 have formal names. Titan is the largest moon and bigger then the planet mercury.

Galileo Galilei was the first to see Saturn through a telescope in 1610.

Physical Characteristics

  • Saturn is classified as a gas giant planet.
  • Saturn is made mostly of hydrogen and helium.
  • Saturn has 9 rings.
  • The rings are 500 feet thick and made of rocks and ice.
  • Saturn is about 36,184 miles (58,232 km) in radius.

2nd largest planet in the solar system.

Rotation and Orbit

It takes Saturn 10,759 earth days (29.5 years) to finish one revolution around the sun.

Saturn's Namesake - Roman god of agriculture