Saturn facts: 10 Interesting facts to know about Saturn

May 11, By Bindiya Bhatt (Source: NASA)

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1. A Colossal Planet

"Nine Earths side by side would almost span Saturn’s diameter. That doesn’t include Saturn’s rings," says NASA.

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2. In Dim Light

Saturn is the sixth planet from our Sun. It orbits at a distance of about 1.4 billion kilometers from the Sun.

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3. Short Day, Long Year

It take about 10.7 hours to Saturn to rotate on its axis once—a Saturn “day”—and 29 Earth years to orbit the sun.

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4. Gas Giant

Saturn does not have a solid surface like Earth’s because it is a gas-giant planet.

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5. Hot Air

According to NASA, Saturn's atmosphere is made up mostly of hydrogen and helium.

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6. Saturn's Moons

Saturn has 53 known moons. An additional 29 moons are awaiting confirmation of their discovery, when confirmed there would be 82 moons.

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7. Spectacular Rings

Saturn has seven rings and several gaps and divisions between them.

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8. Missions

Pioneer 11 and Voyagers 1 and 2 flew by are few missions that visited the planet. Cassini orbited Saturn 294 times from 2004 to 2017.

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9. Lifeless

Saturn cannot support life. However, some of its moons have conditions that might support life.

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10. Add a Dash of Earth

About two tons of mass of Saturn came from Earth. How? Well, in 2017, Cassini spacecraft was intentionally vaporized in the planet's atmosphere.

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