A Picture of the Planet Saturn

Saturn Facts

  • Planet Name: Saturn
  • 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): 82
  • Total Surface Area: 16.5 billion square miles

19 Saturn Facts for Kids

  1. The planet Saturn formed about 4.5 billion years ago.
  2. The planet Saturn was first observed via a telescope in 1610 by Galileo Galilei.
  3. The planet Saturn is the sixth closest planet to the Sun.
  4. Jupiter is in the outer part of our Solar System.
  5. Saturn is a gas giant planet.
  6. Saturn is the second largest planet in our Solar System.
  7. Saturn is 945% the size of Earth.
  8. The radius of the planet Saturn is 36,184 miles.
  9. Saturn's perihelion (closest) distance to the Sun is 839 million miles.
  10. Saturn's aphelion (farthest) distance to the Sun is 934 million miles.
  11. It takes Saturn 10,759 Earth days to complete an orbit around the sun.
  12. Saturn has 82 known moons (natural satellites).
  13. Saturn's moon Dione is one of the four discovered by Giovanni Domenico Cassini.
  14. Saturn's moon Enceladus is one of the most reflective objects in our Solar System.
  15. Titan is the largest moon that orbits Saturn.
  16. The planet Saturn has seven rings.
  17. Because Saturn is a gas giant, it’s virtually impossible for life to evolve as we know it.
  18. Saturn’s atmosphere is primarily made up of hydrogen (96%) and helium (3%), the rest is trace elements.
  19. Winds can reach speeds over 1,100 miles per hour in Saturn’s upper atmosphere.

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