- 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
25 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.
- Saturn 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 (closest) 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 around the sun.
- Saturn has 82 known moons (natural satellites).
- Saturn’s moon Dione is one of the four discovered by Giovanni Domenico Cassini.
- Saturn’s moon Enceladus is one of the most reflective objects in our Solar System.
- Titan is the largest moon that orbits Saturn.
- Saturn’s moon Atlas was named after the Greek mythology god Atlas because it “holds the rings on its shoulders” like the Titan Atlas held the sky up above the Earth.
- Saturn’s moon Hyperion was the first moon discovered that wasn’t round.
- Iapetus is the third largest moon of Saturn and the eleventh largest in our Solar System.
- Saturn’s moon Mimas is the smallest astronomical body (246 mile diameter) in our Solar System known to have a round shape because of its own gravity.
- Saturn’s moon Pan has the appearance and shape of a ravioli (pasta).
- Saturn’s moon Pandora was discovered by NASA’s Voyager 1 probe in 1980.
- 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 speeds over 1,100 miles per hour in Saturn’s upper atmosphere.
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!