Ten fun facts about Saturn
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It is the second largest planet in the Solar System, after Jupiter.
Named after the Roman god of agriculture, Saturn, its astronomical symbol represents the god's sickle.
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.
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. Go to more science facts ❯
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