Saturn Overview Updated December 9, 2020


"The ringed planet"

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December 2020

Saturn, named after the Roman god of agriculture and wealth, is the seventh-smallest planet in our solar system. Often referred to as “the ringed planet” due to its prominent ring of icy debris. Features of the planet include a “surface” consisting of gas with liquids deeper within the planet.

The planet has been explored by four unmanned spacecraft. These include Pioneer 11, Voyager 1, Voyager 2, and Cassini.

Traditional life here has been deemed unlikely due to the pressures and the planet largely consisting of gas.

Important Stats


Ring Composition

Thought to be largely composed of pieces of comets, asteroids, and shattered moons. The rings are billions of small chunks of ice and rock that are coated in dust.

Surface Photos

Saturn and Jupiter will appear closer than they have in hundreds of years during this winter solstice

This year’s winter solstice will bring something special in regards to the planets in our solar system. Saturn and Jupiter will be appearing closer in the night sky than they have since July 16, 1623.

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