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Jewel of Our Solar System
Adorned with thousands of beautiful ringlets, Saturn is unique among the planets. All four gas giant planets have rings -- made of chunks of ice and rock -- but none are as spectacular or as complicated as Saturn's. Like the other gas giants, Saturn is mostly a massive ball of hydrogen and helium.

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Comparison: Saturn vs. Earth

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Discovered By
Known by the Ancients
Known by the Ancients
Date of Discovery
Unknown
Unknown
Average Orbit Distance
1,426,666,422 km
149,598,262 km
Perihelion (closest)
1,349,823,615 km
147,098,291 km
Aphelion (farthest)
1,503,509,229 km
152,098,233 km
Equatorial Radius
58,232 km
6,371.00 km
Equatorial Circumference
365,882.4 km
40,030.2 km
Volume
827,129,915,150,897 km3
1,083,206,916,846 km3
Mass
568,319,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg
5,972,190,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg
Density
0.687 g/cm3
5.513 g/cm3
Surface Area
42,612,133,285 km2
510,064,472 km2
Equatorial Surface Gravity
10.4* m/s2
9.80665 m/s2
Escape Velocity
129,924 km/h
40,284 km/h
Rotation Period (Length of Day)
0.444 sidereal days
0.99726968 sidereal days
Mean Orbit Velocity
34,701 km/h
107,218 km/h
Orbit Eccentricity
0.05386179
0.01671123
Orbit Inclination to Ecliptic
2.49 degrees
0.00005 degrees
Equatorial Inclination to Orbit
26.7 degrees
23.4393 degrees
Orbit Circumference
8,957,504,604 km
939,887,974 km
Atmospheric Constituents
Hydrogen, Helium
Nitrogen, Oxygen

 

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Comparison: Saturn vs. Earth

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Discovered By
Known by the Ancients
Known by the Ancients
Date of Discovery
Unknown
Unknown
Average Orbit Distance
1,426,666,422 km
149,598,262 km
Perihelion (closest)
1,349,823,615 km
147,098,291 km
Aphelion (farthest)
1,503,509,229 km
152,098,233 km
Equatorial Radius
58,232 km
6,371.00 km
Equatorial Circumference
365,882.4 km
40,030.2 km
Volume
827,129,915,150,897 km3
1,083,206,916,846 km3
Mass
568,319,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg
5,972,190,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg
Density
0.687 g/cm3
5.513 g/cm3
Surface Area
42,612,133,285 km2
510,064,472 km2
Equatorial Surface Gravity
10.4* m/s2
9.80665 m/s2
Escape Velocity
129,924 km/h
40,284 km/h
Rotation Period (Length of Day)
0.444 sidereal days
0.99726968 sidereal days
Mean Orbit Velocity
34,701 km/h
107,218 km/h
Orbit Eccentricity
0.05386179
0.01671123
Orbit Inclination to Ecliptic
2.49 degrees
0.00005 degrees
Equatorial Inclination to Orbit
26.7 degrees
23.4393 degrees
Orbit Circumference
8,957,504,604 km
939,887,974 km
Atmospheric Constituents
Hydrogen, Helium
Nitrogen, Oxygen

 

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