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In the News (Wed 17 Apr 19)

  Cassini-Huygens Home
Saturn's moon Titan was backlit by the sun during Cassini's flyby on Nov. 19.
A narrow belt harboring moonlets discovered in Saturn's outmost ring is likely the result of a larger moon shattered by a wayward asteroid or comet eons ago, according to a new study led by Cassini scientists at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Saturn's icy satellites wheel about the colorful giant planet, while the rings shine dimly in scattered sunlight.
saturn.jpl.nasa.gov /home/index.cfm   (316 words)

Saturn's rings remained unique in the known solar system until 1977 when very faint rings were discovered around Uranus (and shortly thereafter around Jupiter and Neptune).
Like Jupiter, Saturn is about 75% hydrogen and 25% helium with traces of water, methane, ammonia and "rock", similar to the composition of the primordial Solar Nebula from which the solar system was formed.
Saturn's interior is similar to Jupiter's consisting of a rocky core, a liquid metallic hydrogen layer and a molecular hydrogen layer.
www.seds.org /nineplanets/nineplanets/saturn.html   (1430 words)

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and is the second largest in the solar system with an equatorial diameter of 119,300 kilometers (74,130 miles).
Saturn's hazy yellow hue is marked by broad atmospheric banding similar to, but fainter than, that found on Jupiter.
Saturn's strong thermal glow at 5.1 microns even allows these deep clouds to be seen on portions of the dayside (left side), especially where overlying hazes are thin and the glint of the sun off of them is minimal.
www.solarviews.com /eng/saturn.htm   (2450 words)

 MSN Encarta - Saturn (planet)
Saturn's most distinctive feature is its ring system, which was first seen in 1610 by Italian scientist Galileo, using one of the first telescopes.
Cassini launched a probe (the Huygens probe) that descended to the surface of Saturn's moon Titan early in 2005.
Saturn's atmospheric constituents are, in order by mass, hydrogen (88 percent) and helium (11 percent); and traces of methane, ammonia, ammonia crystals, and such other gases as ethane, acetylene, and phosphine comprise the remainder.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761556443/Saturn_(planet).html   (801 words)

 Saturn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Saturn is probably best known for its planetary rings, which make it one of the most visually remarkable objects in the solar system.
Saturn appears to the naked eye in the night sky as a bright, yellowish star varying usually between magnitude +1 and 0 and takes approximately 29 and a half years to make a complete circuit of the ecliptic against the background constellations of the zodiac.
Saturn is a popular setting for science fiction novels and films, although the planet tends to be used as a pretty backdrop rather than as an important part of the plot.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Saturn_(planet)   (2526 words)

 SATURN (PLANET) - LoveToKnow Article on SATURN (PLANET)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Saturn was a god oi agriculture, his name being derived from serere, " to sow."2 The identification of Saturn with Cronus3 gave rise to the legenc that after his deposition by Zeus (Jupiter) Saturn wandered to 2 He was also known by the epithet of Stercutus or Sterculius, th god of fertilizing manure.
Both from this difference and from the appearance presented by the planet it is clear that the visible surface is not a solid, as in the case of Mars, but consists of a layer of cloudy or vaporous matter, which conceals from view the solid body of the planet, if any such exists.
The position of the ring as seen against the planet is marked by a dark line stretching across the equator, which is the thin shadow of the ring, on which the sun shines at a very acute angle.
25.1911encyclopedia.org /S/SA/SATURN_PLANET_.htm   (3284 words)

 Kids.net.au - Encyclopedia Saturn (planet) -   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Saturn has a very hot interior, reaching 12000 K at the core, and it radiates more energy into space than it receives from the Sun.
Saturn's atmosphere exhibits a banded pattern similar to Jupiter's, but Saturn's bands are much fainter and they're also much wider near the equator.
Saturn has a large number of moons, 18 of which have names.
www.kids.net.au /encyclopedia-wiki/sa/Saturn_(planet)   (791 words)

 The Solar System: Saturn
Saturn, the second most massive planet, and the most distant planet known to the ancients, is one of the most beautiful sites in the Solar System.
Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and is the second largest in the solar system with an equatorial diameter of 119,300 kilometers.
The planet Saturn, with its famous icy rings, and its enigmatic moon, Titan, are the prime scientific targets of the international Cassini mission, the most ambitious and far-reaching planetary exploration ever mounted.
www.cdli.ca /CITE/ss_saturn.htm   (529 words)

Saturn is visibly flattened (oblate) when viewed through a small telescope; its equatorial and polar diameters vary by almost 10% (120,536 km vs. 108,728 km).
Saturn is the least dense of the planets; its specific gravity (0.7) is less than that of water.
Saturn's interior is similar to Jupiter's consisting of a rocky core, a liquid metallic hydrogen layer and a molecular hydrogen layer.
seds.lpl.arizona.edu /nineplanets/nineplanets/saturn.html   (1441 words)

Saturn's bright rings are made of ice chunks (and some rocks) that range in size from the size of a fingernail to the size of a car.
This is because Saturn is such a large planet (and the gravitational force a planet exerts upon an object at the planet's surface is proportional to its mass and to the inverse of its radius squared).
This is the symbol of the planet Saturn.
www.enchantedlearning.com /subjects/astronomy/planets/saturn   (642 words)

 The Planet Saturn: General Features   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Saturn is the second most massive planet, and also the second largest in size.
Saturn has the lowest density of any planet, 0.7 g/cc, which is less than that of water.
Saturn is of such low density that it would float in a (gigantic) bathtub.
csep10.phys.utk.edu /astr161/lect/saturn/features.html   (217 words)

 ASTRONOMY (SATURN)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
* The axis of Saturn's magnetic field is aligned parallel to the planet's rotation axis, contrary to the circumstances in both the Earth and Jupiter.
Voyager 2 flew by the planet and its moons in August 1981.
Saturn's 18th moon was discovered in 1990 from images taken by Voyager 2 in 1981.
vesuvius.jsc.nasa.gov /er/seh/saturn.html   (2035 words)

 StarChild: The planet Saturn
When seen through a telescope, Saturn is one of the most beautiful sights in the night sky.
Saturn is a very large gas planet which spins very rapidly on its axis.
Saturn is surrounded by over 1000 rings made of ice and dust.
starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov /docs/StarChild/solar_system_level1/saturn.html   (252 words)

 Tour the Solar System and Beyond - Saturn   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun, is one of the five planets visible from Earth without a telescope.
Since the 17th century, when Saturn's dazzling, complex ring system was first observed by the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, the planet has stood as a symbol of the majesty, mystery, and order of the physical universe.
Although Galileo was the first to see Saturn's rings (in 1610) it wasn't until 1659 that the Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens, using an improved telescope, observed that the rings actually are separate from the planet.
spacekids.hq.nasa.gov /osskids/animate/saturn.html   (878 words)

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun, named after the ancient Roman god of agriculture, believed to have ruled the earth during a time of happiness and virtue.
Saturn is second in size of all the planets, and the least dense of all, it could float on water!
This observation, together with the fact that Saturn's atmosphere seems to be depleted of helium with respect to the Sun's and Jupiter's atmospheres, suggests that helium droplets form in Saturn's atmosphere and fall to the interior.
www.mira.org /fts0/planets/100/text/txt001x.htm   (591 words)

 SkyScopes Planet Saturn Information Page
Once there it will spend at least four years studying the planet, its rings and magnetosphere, and its moons, including Titan, one of the most intriguing worlds in the entire solar system.
Saturn Events What is on it's way for Saturn and What is planned.Detailed information about the Saturn system and it's moons plus links to other Saturn information.
Saturn's Ring System The rings of Saturn have puzzled astronomers ever since they were discovered by Galileo in 1610 using the first telescope.
www.skyscopes.com /nasa/saturn.html   (340 words)

 APOD: 2002 February 15 - Saturn: Lord of the Rings   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Saturn's magnificent rings still offer one of the most stunning astronomical sights.
Saturn's moons, the rings may eventually darken and sag toward the gas giant, losing their lustre over the next few hundred million years.
The presence of such a "lost" ring of Saturn was first hinted at in reports dating back to the early 20th century.
antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov /apod/ap020215.html   (219 words)

 Origins PRC00-01: Planet Hunters on Trail of Worlds Smaller than Saturn   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The planet is one of the smallest found so far; it is at least 70 percent the mass of Saturn.
The planet is in an elliptical orbit about the star, which carries it closer to the star than Mercury is to our sun.
The planet's average temperature is a scorching 1530 degrees Fahrenheit (830 degrees Celsius), and it presumably has a thick atmosphere.
origins.stsci.edu /news/2000/01   (380 words)

 Astronomy & Astrology - Saturn (planet)
Saturn (planet), sixth planet in order of distance from the sun, and the second largest in the solar system.
This infrared photo of the planet Saturn has been color coded to indicate the cloud level in Saturn's atmosphere.
Saturn's rings are extremely wide, but very flat, bands created by orbiting fragments of rock, gas, and ice.
www.angelfire.com /realm/shades/horoscopes/asaturnp.htm   (558 words)

 The Planetary Society's Learning Center: Saturn, Sixth Planet from the Sun
Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun, is famous for its stunning array of rings--although all of the gas giants are now known to possess rings, none are as spectacular as those of Saturn.
Composed mainly of hydrogen gas, Saturn is the least dense planet in the solar system, and would float on water if there were an ocean large enough to hold it.
Although Saturn's rings are very wide, extending from the top of its atmosphere to well beyond the orbits of its closest moons, they are very thin, measuring no more than a few kilometers (about a mile) in thickness.
www.planetary.org /learn/solarsystem/saturn.html   (240 words)

 KidsAstronomy.com - Saturn
Saturn was the god of agriculture, he was called Cronus by the Greeks.
Saturn over threw his father to become king of the gods, but was then over thrown himself by his son Jupiter.
Saturn is a favorite object for many observers.
www.kidsastronomy.com /saturn.htm   (168 words)

 The Sixth Planet from the Sun: Saturn
Saturn is the second largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter being the larger planet.
The interior the planet is composed of 5 main sections.
The innermost regions are the hottest, with the temperature decreasing as the distance from the centre increases.
www.geocities.com /CapeCanaveral/Hall/3230/saturn/5_0.html   (321 words)

 CNN.com - Cassini gets ringside view of Saturn's mysteries - Jul 13, 2004
The massive impact of a satellite around Saturn and the smaller, subsequent collisions probably led to the planet's rings, although astronomers cannot be sure.
Saturn boasts the largest rings in the solar system, according to The Universal Book of Astronomy, outshining those of all three other giant planets: Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.
The gaps in the rings that give Saturn its distinctive appearance are caused by gravitational tides that pull on the debris, as well as smaller satellites which clean up certain orbits by "vacuuming" smaller particles.
www.cnn.com /2004/TECH/space/07/01/saturn.rings   (705 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: Saturn   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Wisely cast with a skilled group of readers, SATURN spins the tale of a space colony of government outcasts (translation, those who don't agree with the powers that be) in the throes of establishing their own government.
Saturn's moon Titan is discussed fairly often in the book but the action never moves at all to that fascinating satellite.
Saturn tells the story of a scientific expedition bound for the planet Saturn for the purpose of scientific exploration and colonization.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0312872186?v=glance   (2690 words)

 StarChild: The planet Saturn
Saturn is a large gas planet with an atmosphere composed of hydrogen and helium.
Saturn has an extensive ring system which is formed by a thousand individual rings.
The particles in the rings closer to the planet orbit the planet at a faster speed than the particles in the rings farther from the planet.
starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov /docs/StarChild/solar_system_level2/saturn.html   (321 words)

 SATURN - A PLANET IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest planet in our solar system.
Saturn is surrounded by hundreds of rings, made up of pieces of ice, rocks and dust.
Upon reaching Saturn in July, 2004 the craft was to orbit the planet for four years gathering information about the planet, its moons and its rings.
www.saskschools.ca /~gregory/space/saturn.html   (226 words)

 CNN.com - Cassini enters Saturn orbit - Jul 1, 2004
This image of Saturn was captured by Cassini as it approached the planet.
During the planned four-year study of Saturn and its colorful entourage of 31 moons, Cassini will never pass again as close to the planet or its rings as it did early Thursday.
The Saturn orbiter and Titan probe were conceived as a mission that would benefit the scientific and, technological sectors of the scientists' respective countries.
www.cnn.com /2004/TECH/space/07/01/cassini.orbit   (1364 words)

 Solar System Exploration: Planets: Saturn
Saturn was the most distant of the five planets known to the ancients.
It is now known that the gravitational influence of Saturn's moon Mimas is responsible for the Cassini Division, which is 4,800 kilometers (3,000 miles) wide.
Saturn's rings help us learn how the solar system was before planets formed.
solarsystem.nasa.gov /planets/profile.cfm?Object=Saturn   (313 words)

 Planeten-finden Planet Saturn Saturnmonde
Der Saturn (sechster Planet) ist der zweitgrösste Planet unseres Sonnensystems.
Der Saturn ist 1195,5 Millionen km bis 1658,5 Millionen km von der Erde entfernt.
Der Saturn wurde erstmals 1610 von Galileo Galilei mit einem Fernrohr gesichtet.
www.planeten-finden.de /planet_saturn.shtml   (245 words)

 Information on the planet saturn
One AU is the average distance from the center of the Earth to the center of the Sun: 149,597,870 km
Orbit inclination (deg) The inclination of the orbit to the ecliptic, in degrees.
For satellites, this is with respect to the planet's equator.
www.the-planet-saturn.com /saturn-fact-sheet.html   (584 words)

 Planet Saturn 3D Screensaver Download - Saturn Screensaver 3D
Saturn is a large gas planet with an atmosphere composed of hydrogen and helium.It has the lowest density of any planet in our solar system.
Visually, Saturn is flattened at the poles, due to the quick rotation on its axis.
Planet Saturn 3D Screensaver is an extraordinary 3D representation of this fascinating planet.
www.space-screensavers.com /planet-saturn.html   (163 words)

 The Planet Saturn
Rhea and Phoebe - moons of the planet Saturn
Saturn as seen from its moons - artwork by David Seal
Dione, Iapetus and Enceladus - moons of Saturn
www.the-planet-saturn.com   (213 words)

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