Have you ever wondered about our Solar system? Each part of it is fascinating in its own right. Today we’ll talk about the sixth planet from the sun, named after the Roman god of agriculture Saturn because of its association with the harvest season.
Saturn is best known for its beautiful rings, which make it one of the most recognizable planets in our solar system.
Saturn is a gas giant, just like Jupiter, with an atmosphere made up mostly of hydrogen and helium. It’s also very large, with a diameter almost 10 times larger than Earth’s. Saturn has the second-largest number of moons in our solar system, with over 80 confirmed moons so far.
The rings of Saturn are one of its most famous features. The rings are made up of billions of individual particles, ranging in size from tiny dust grains to large chunks of ice. They are believed to be remnants of comets, asteroids, or even moons that were torn apart by Saturn’s gravity. The rings are incredibly thin – only a few hundred meters thick – but they span a distance of over 280,000 kilometers!