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No. All of the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) have rings, although Saturn's are the most spectacular.

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Saturn's rings are believed to be pieces of comets, asteroids or shattered moons that broke up before they reached the planet.

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Saturn and Jupiter are almost the same size, but Jupiter is the larger of the two. For comparison: Jupiter is about 139,822 km (86,881 miles) wide, where Saturn is 116,464 km (72,367 miles) wide.

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Saturn rotates in the same direction as the Earth, which is west to east.

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Known moons: 53
Provisional moons: 9

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The main rings are, working outward from the planet, known as "C," "B" and "A." (Saturn's rings are named after the letters of the alphabet.)

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Saturn is a gas giant and therefore does not have a solid surface, but is made up of gasses.

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There are seven rings around Saturn with several gaps and divisions between them.

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Saturn gets its color from its composition. Saturn is made mostly of hydrogen and helium with some other gasses.

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Super-fast winds in the upper atmosphere combined with heat rising from within the planet's interior cause Saturn's yellow and gold bands.

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We aren't sure, but people have known about Saturn since ancient times.

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Several: Missions to Saturn

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Yes, although Saturn's magnetic field is not as huge as Jupiter's, it is still 578 times more powerful than Earth's.

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Yes, although Saturn's magnetic field is not as huge as Jupiter's, it is still 578 times more powerful than Earth's.

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Perhaps in a very secure spacecraft in a flyby. However, it would take a long time to get there, and once a person did get there, there would not be any surface to land on, since Saturn is a gas giant.

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