Totally Useless Facts About Saturn!
Here are some of the totally useless facts about Saturn which are fun and surprising to know but might not help you in your life ever, well almost!
1. Saturn is the second largest and the sixth planet from the Sun in the orbit system.
2. Saturn was the god of agriculture as per Roman mythology. Saturn is also the father of the king of Roman gods i.e. Jupiter.
3. Due to the fast rotation on its axis, Saturn is flattened at the poles.
4. Many ancient civilizations like the Babylonians, Romans, Greek, Hindus, have shown interest in studying about this ringed planet. It’s fame has been observed in the ancient times.
5. Some of the names of Saturn’s moon are: firstly the largest Titan which was discovered in 1655, Tethys, Dione, Rhea, & Iapetus, discovered from 1671 to 1672; Mimas & Enceladus was discovered in 1789; and lastly Hyperion which was discovered in 1848.
6. Earth’s 29.5 years make one year on Saturn.
7. Saturn would float if there was a water body large enough to hold it as it is the only planet in our solar system which is less dense than water.
8. 10 hours and 14 minutes in Earth days makes one day on Saturn.
9. Saturn has a diameter of 119,871 km (74,500 miles).
10. Saturn is maximum 1.5 billion km (938 million miles) away from Sun.
11. Saturn has 62 known moons out of which fifty-three have been named and most of them are small in size.
12. Saturn is minimum 1.2 billion km (746 million miles) away from Earth
13. There are fourteen subdivisions of Saturn’s rings, and the widest of all is the B ring which is at 25,500km.
14. Saturn’s rings are made primarily of “water ice” mixed with dust and other chemicals.
15. Your weight on Saturn will be 1.08 times your weight on earth e.g. If you weigh 100 lbs, your weight on Saturn would be 108 lbs.
16. -274° F is the temperature on Saturn because of the clouds.
17. Titan which is also bigger than Mercury is the Saturn’s only moon that has an atmosphere.
18. Galileo was the first astronomer to make note of Saturn’s rings, although he didn’t have a powerful telescope he thought that the rings were actually satellites.
19. The main constituents of Saturn’s rings are water, ice, rocks, dust and other chemicals.
20. The first flyby of the planet in 1979 was done by Pioneer 11. Much higher quality photogarphs were taken by sending Voyager 1 closer to Saturn.
21. Vivid photos of some of the planet’s moons were taken by the space probe Cassini-Huygens in 2004.
22. The week day, Saturday, is named after Saurn.
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