Staturn

 

  1. Saturn is not the only planet with rings. Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune also have rings, although they are much fainter and less spectacular than Saturn’s.
  2. Scientists believe that Saturn is approximately -350° F (-212° C).
  3. Saturn is 74,898 miles (120,537 km.) wide, nearly 10 times wider than Earth. Approximately 750 Earths could fit inside of Saturn.
  4. The first spacecraft to fly by Saturn was Pioneer 11, which blasted off in 1973 and arrived at Saturn in 1979. Voyagers 1 and 2 also completed fly-bys in 1980 and 1981. Voyager 1 is now the farthest human-made object in space.
  5. Nearly 1,600 Saturns could fit inside the Sun.
  6. A year on Earth is 365.256 days. A year on Saturn is 10,759.22 days.
  7. On July 1, 2004, the Cassini-Huygens was the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn.
  8. Launched on October 15, 1997
  9. It traveled over 2,000,000,000 miles at a speed of 70,700 miles per hour before it reached the ringed planet.
  10. A day on Earth is 24 hours. A day on Saturn is 10 hours 39 minutes.
  11. Winds in Saturn’s atmosphere travel up to 1,100 miles (1,800 km.) per hour, much faster than those on Jupiter.
  12. Storms on Saturn can last for months or even years.
  13. A long-lived 2004 storm on Saturn, named the “Dragon Storm,” created mega-lightning 1,000 times more powerful than lightning on Earth.
  14. In early 2010, amateur astronomers spotted a massive ammonia blizzard raging on Saturn.
  15. The monster storm is five times larger than “Snowmageddon,” the snowstorm that shut down Washington D.C. in February 2010.
  16. The Assyrians, who lived in modern-day Iraq, were the first to record sighting Saturn in 700 B.C.
  17. They called the planet the Star of Ninib, after the Assyrian sun god of spring.
  18. In astrology, Saturn is the opposite of Jupiter.
  19. As the seventh day of the week, Saturday is named after Saturn, the farthest of the seven objects in the solar system known in ancient times.
  20. Discovered in 1789 by William Herschel, Saturn’s moon Enceladus has geysers that erupt icy particles, water vapor, and organic compounds. It is the shiniest object in the solar system because its icy surface reflects most of the light it receives.