Ten fun facts about Saturn


Fact 1
It is the second largest planet in the Solar System, after Jupiter.

Fact 2
Named after the Roman god of agriculture, Saturn, its astronomical symbol represents the god's sickle.

Fact 3
In ancient times, it was the most distant of the five known planets in the solar system (excluding Earth) and thus a major character in various mythologies.


Fact 4
In ancient Roman mythology, the god Saturnus, from which the planet takes its name, was the god of agriculture.

Fact 5
Saturn is the most distant of the five planets easily visible to the naked eye.

Fact 6
Saturn is a gas giant with an average radius about nine times that of Earth.

Fact 7
Saturn's interior is probably composed of a core of iron, nickel and rock (silicon and oxygen compounds), surrounded by a deep layer of metallic hydrogen, an intermediate layer of liquid hydrogen and liquid helium and an outer gaseous layer.

Fact 8
The planet exhibits a pale yellow hue due to ammonia crystals in its upper atmosphere.

Fact 9
Saturn has a prominent ring system that consists of nine continuous main rings and three discontinuous arcs, composed mostly of ice particles with a smaller amount of rocky debris and dust.

Fact 10
Saturn has been known since prehistoric times.


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