Saturn

By: Mckenzie Watson

Facts about Saturn!

  1. The diameter of Saturn is 72,367.4 m
  2. Saturn is the 6th planet from the sun
  3. Saturn revolves or orbits around the Sun once every 29.4 Earth years, or once every 10,755.7 Earth days. Saturn travels at an average speed of 21,637 miles per hour or 34,821 kilometers per hour in its orbit around the Sun
  4. The time span of a day on Saturn would be 0d 10h 39m

More facts about Saturn!

  1. Saturn has 53 natural satellites
  2. Saturn averages 886 million miles (1.4 billion km) from the sun, nine and a half times Earth's average distance. At its farthest (aphelion), Saturn hovers 934 million miles (1.5 billion km) from the sun; at its closest (perihelion), the distance to Saturn from the sun is "only" 839 million miles (1.4 billion km).
  3. Average Night temperature - 125°C and Average Day temperature - 125°C
  4. Saturn is not solid like Earth, but is instead a giant gas planet. It is made up of 94% hydrogen, 6% helium and small amounts of methane and ammonia. Hydrogen and helium are what most stars are made of. It is thought that there might be a molten, rocky core about the size of Earth deep within Saturn

What are some geological features about the planet?

Saturn is a ball made up almost entirely of hydrogen and helium. The density and temperature changes the deeper into the planet you go, but Saturn can't be said to have a solid surface.

Some satellites on Saturn

  1. The Voyager 2, started in 1977 and lasted 3 years
  2. Pioneer 11, started in 1973 and lasted for 6 years
  3. Voyager 1, started in 1977 and lasted for 3 years
  4. Cassini, started in 1997 and lasted for seven years

What future missions are planned for this planet?

The baseline design envisaged a September 2020 launch. This is to discover more of the planets gas atmosphere.

When was the planet discovered and who is it named after?

Saturn was named for the Roman god of agriculture. The day Saturday is also named after him. Discovered by: Saturn has been observed in the night sky since ancient times but Galileo was the first to observe it with a telescope in 1610.

More interesting facts about Saturn.

  • Saturn is one of five planets able to be seen with the naked eye.
  • The most common nickname for Saturn is “The Ringed Planet”.
  • Saturn gives off more energy than it receives from the Sun.
  • Saturn has the fastest winds of any other planet in our solar system
  • It takes Saturn 29.4 Earth years to orbit the Sun.