Type of Planet
: Gas Gaint
Solar System Region
: Outer Solar System
Distance from the Sun
: 839,000,000 miles (perihelion) to 934,000,000 miles (aphelion)
Time to Orbit Around the Sun
: About 10,759 Earth days
Moons (natural satellites)
Total Surface Area
: 16.5 billion square miles
19 Saturn Facts for Kids
The planet Saturn formed about 4.5 billion years ago.
The planet Saturn was first observed via a telescope in 1610 by Galileo Galilei.
The planet Saturn is the sixth closest planet to the sun.
Jupiter is in the outer part of our solar system.
Saturn is a gas giant planet.
Saturn is the second largest planet in our solar system.
Saturn is 945% the size of Earth.
The radius of the planet Saturn is 36,184 miles.
Saturn's perihelion (closets) distance to the sun is 839 million miles.
Saturn's aphelion (farthest) distance to the sun is 934 million miles.
It takes Saturn 10,759 Earth days to complete an orbit of the sun.
Saturn has 82 known moons (natural satellites).
is one of the four discovered by Giovanni Domenico Cassini.
is one of the most reflective objects in our solar system.
is the largest moon that orbits Saturn.
The planet Saturn has seven rings.
Because Saturn is a gas giant, it’s virtually impossible for life to evolve as we know it.
Saturn’s atmosphere is primarily made up of hydrogen (96%) and helium (3%), the rest is trace elements.
Winds can reach over 1,100 miles per hour in Saturn’s upper atmosphere.
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Pictures of the Planet Saturn
A beautiful photo of Saturn's rings by the NASA Hubble Space Telescope.
The first photo of Saturn and its rings by Voyager 1 in November 1980.
A stunning photo of the vortex at Saturn's North Pole by Cassini.
Additional Resources on the Planet Saturn
Saturn - NASA
– Get more in depth information about Saturn on the NASA website.
Saturn - Wikipedia
– Find more facts about the planet Saturn on the Wikipedia website.
Saturn - National Geographic
– Discover more cool things about Saturn on the National Geographic website.
Saturn is the solar system's 'moon king,' with 20 more spotted
– It's offical, Saturn now has more moons than Jupiter!