The planet with rings, the sixth planet from Sun, Saturn is the one of the most beautiful planets in our entire Solar System. It is not that Saturn is the only planet to possess rings but its rings are by far the most majestic of all! They are extremely prominent and have been featured in many Hollywood movies. The rings of this gas giant has intrigued scientists for years and extensive studies have been conducted but the origin of the rings still remain a mystery. Let us today learn 30 interesting Saturn facts and gain some knowledge about this extraordinary creation of universe.
Interesting Saturn Facts: 1-10
1. Saturn is the second largest planet in our Solar System. The 1st spot being captured by Jupiter.
2. Saturn is the 6th planet from Sun and is a gas giant. It is in fact, one of the four gas giants that live in our Solar System. The other three being Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune and these other three gas giants too have planetary rings but not as prominent as that of Saturn.
3. Saturn is a Roman name. In Greek mythology we find Cronus, who is considered to be the lord of Titans. Saturn is just the Roman name for Cronus.
4. The day ‘Saturday’ in a week derives its name from this planet.
5. We said that Saturn is a gas giant but how big is it? Well, the planet is big enough to hold 760+ Earths! This means that Saturn has a mass that’s roughly equivalent to 95.16 times the mass of Earth. No other planet in our Solar System except Jupiter is bigger than Saturn.
6. When it comes to the density of planets, Saturn takes the last spot. It is tad less dense than water with its density falling short of water by 1. This means that Saturn can easily float on water.
7. As far as the atmospheric composition of the planet is concerned, it is mostly made of molecular hydrogen which accounts for 96.3% of the total atmosphere. 3.25% is taken by helium while ammonia hydrosulfide aerosols, ammonia ice aerosols, ice aerosols, ethane, ammonia, methane and hydrogen deuteride are present in trace amounts.
8. The magnetic field of Saturn is nearly 578 times as powerful as that of our Earth.
9. Scientists believe that the innermost core of the planet is made of rocky material and iron. Surrounding this core is an outer core made of methane, ammonia and water. The third layer is the liquid metallic hydrogen in highly compressed form.
10. This third layer is covered by a fourth layer of viscous helium and hydrogen. This fourth and final layer gradually becomes gaseous at it moves towards the surface of the planet and eventually merges with the atmosphere of the planet.