Saturn

Saturn was discovered by Galileo in 1610 and is the second largest planet in the solar system. It is the sixth planet away from the sun with an average temperature of -288.4 degrees Fahrenheit. A full day on Saturn is less than 11 hours long but one year there is equivalent to 29.5 Earth years.

Saturn is considered a “gas” planet because even though it is 10 times larger than the Earth it consists mainly of gases; hydrogen and helium. It is also one of the windiest planets in the solar system with wind speeds reaching up to 1,100 miles per hour.

Saturn

Although Saturn has many rings around it the scientists have divided them into five segments which consist of A, B, C, G and F. These rings are made predominantly of ice particles and only the A, B and C rings are able to be seen from Earth.

Saturn has at least 62 moons that scientists know of but this does not include all the smaller “moonlets” that are located in the rings. The second largest moon in the solar system “Titan” belongs to Saturn and scientists believe that because of its favorable atmosphere that it could possibly sustain life!