A Picture of Jupiter's Moon Titan

Titan Facts

  • Moon Name: Titan
  • Formed: About 4.5 billion years ago
  • Discovered: March 25, 1655, by Christiaan Huygens
  • Distance from Saturn: Between 737,368 miles (perigee) and 781,100 miles (apogee)
  • Distance from the Sun: Around 886,500,000 miles
  • Time to Orbit Around Saturn: About 16 Earth days
  • Total Surface Area: 51,763,586 square miles

14 Titan Facts for Kids

  1. Titan formed about 4.5 billion years ago.
  2. Titan was discovered on March 25, 1655, by Christiaan Huygens.
  3. Titan is one of Saturn’s 82 known moons (natural satellites).
  4. Titan is the second largest moon in our solar system.
  5. Titan has a radius of about 1,599 miles.
  6. The closest Titan gets to Saturn is 737,368 miles (perigee).
  7. The farthest Titan to gets from Saturn is 781,100 miles (apogee).
  8. It takes Titan about 16 Earth days to orbit Saturn.
  9. Titan is the only known moon in our solar system to have a thick dense atmosphere.
  10. Titan only receives 1% of the sunlight that Earth receives.
  11. Titan is 50% bigger than the planet Earth.
  12. There are a lot of lakes on Titan, they are made up of liquid methane and ethane.
  13. Sand dunes made up of hydrocarbons cover large areas of Titan.
  14. Titan is a potential candidate for life to have evolved or could evolve in the future.

Additional Resources on Saturn's Moon Titan