Saturn

The sixth planet from the sun in our solar system.


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Equatorial diameter 120536000 mClip
Average Density 690 kgm-3Clip
Axial tilt 26.7 degreesClip
Rotational period 10.67 hoursClip
Average surface temperature -180 CClip
Maximum apparent magnitude -0.3 Clip
Aphelion 1507000000000 mClip
Perihelion 1347000000000 mClip
Orbital tilt 2.49 degreesClip
Orbital period 29.46y y=Earth year, d=Earth dayClip
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Historical Notes
1656 The Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens discovers the rings of Saturn.

1980 Voyager 2 photographed Saturn.


See also: Earth, Jupiter, Major Planets, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Pluto, Solar System, Sun, Uranus, Venus.

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Subjects: Astronomy Physics


Weblinks:
NASA Photographic Library Photographs from NASA available for viewing and download.
The Nine Planets A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System: one star, eight planets, and more.