1 Saturn rings consist of ice cubes
The thing that stands out on Saturn are it’s iconic rings. But did you know that Saturn’s rings mainly consist of ice cubes?
Not only this, but they are incredibly thin even though they look substantial. Its rings are just tens of meters in thickness.
2 If you put Saturn in a giant bath tub, it would float
Saturn is the lightest planet in the solar system. It’s mostly liquid Hydrogen and Helium which have the lowest density on the periodic scale.
If you put it into a giant bathtub, it would float. Also, it doesn’t have a true surface because gas transitions into liquid at high pressures.
3 It’s the second largest planet in the solar system
Not only is Saturn the second largest planet in the solar system, but it sits right next to Jupiter which is the largest planet in the solar system.
The radius of saturn is about 58,232 km with a total surface area 4.27E10 km2
4 Saturn is similar to Jupiter
The composition of Saturn and Jupiter are very similar. They both mostly consist of liquid Hydrogen and Helium and they don’t have surfaces. It’s so hot that it radiates 2 times more heat than it receives from the Sun.
Like Jupiter, they have weather. But its weather is filled with methane and ammonia. That means the stench of Saturn would be putrid. It has wind and rain, sand dunes, shore lines and changing seasons. Maybe what Earth looked like earlier but under colder conditions.
5 Titan is largest moon of Saturn
Not only is Titan is largest moon of Saturn, but it’s the second largest moon in the whole solar system.
It’s the only moon with a dense atmosphere. It’s 50% thicker than Earth’s atmosphere mostly nitrogen with hydrocarbons. It has lakes and rivers but it’s really cold. It gets as cold as -180 deg°. But there’s no liquid water, there are liquid hydrocarbons.
6 Saturn has 62 moons
Although the number of moons differs by source, there is a about 61 or 62. These moons are commonly named after Greek or Roman gods, such as Titan.
However, these moons are very small in size and mass. For example, Titan contains more than 95% of the mass that orbits Saturn. More than 40% of satellites in the solar system revolves around Saturn.
7 One day on Saturn is only about 11 hours
The average distance between Saturn and the Sun is about 9 astronomical units (AU). So this means that its orbital period is about 29 years to complete one revolution around the Sun.
The length of a day on Saturn is about 10 hours and 42 minutes.