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Saturn
Saturn
Universe Actual Universe
System Sol System
Orbital Position 6
Moons 62; major one: Titan
Class Gas giant
Gravity 1.06 g (10.44 m/s²)
Atmosphere 96% hydrogen, 3% helium, 1% others (methane, water, ammonia, etc.…)
Diameter 120536 km
Notable Species Saturnians (fictional)
Rotation period 10.57 hours
Orbital Period 10759.22 Earth days (24491 local days)

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest planet in the Solar System, after Jupiter. Saturn is named after the Roman god Saturn(the Titan father of Zeus).

ClassificationEdit

Saturn, along with Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune, is classified as a gas giant. Together, these four planets are sometimes referred to as the Jovian, meaning "Jupiter-like", planets. Saturn has an average radius about 9 times larger than the Earth's. While only 1/8 the average density of Earth, due to its larger volume, Saturn's mass is just over 95 times greater than Earth's.

CharacteristicsEdit

Because of Saturn's large mass and resulting gravitation, the conditions produced on Saturn are extreme if compared to Earth. The interior of Saturn is probably composed of a core of iron, nickel, silicon and oxygen compounds, surrounded by a deep layer of metallic hydrogen, an intermediate layer of liquid hydrogen and liquid helium and finally, an outer gaseous layer. Electrical current within the metallic-hydrogen layer is thought to give rise to Saturn's planetary magnetic field, which is slightly weaker than Earth's magnetic field and approximately one-twentieth the strength of the field around Jupiter. The outer atmosphere is generally bland in appearance, although long-lived features can appear. Wind speeds on Saturn can reach 1,800 km/h, significantly faster than those on Jupiter.

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