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Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun, is one of the gas planets in our solar system. It is known for its many rings and is the second biggest planetoid in our solar system. The rings were first observed by Galileo in 1610, saying that Saturn had 'ears'. In fact, you can see the planet's colorful rings very clearly with binoculars. But the rings aren't all colorful. The side where the sun does not hit, the rings are gray, white, and black. We cannot see the dark part of the rings due to the fact that Earth will be at the angle towards Saturn that will show us the lit side. It is named after the Roman God Saturn, as all other planets are named after as well.

Saturn has a composition close to that of Jupiter. It's day is about 10 hours. It's perihelion is 1,349,467,375 km and its aphelion is about 1,503,983,449 km. A year on this distant planet is 10,756 Earth days.The diameter of Saturn across its equator equals 120,536 kilometers. The atmosphere is composed of mostly hydrogen with a small amout of helium, among other elements. The mean tempurature on Saturn is -130 degrees celsius. The equatorial gravity is 8.96 m/s2. Saturn has many moons, but the number cannot be counted correctly, due too many other objects other than moons orbiting Saturn. The unconfirmed amount is 47. The biggest moon though, is Titan. The average density is 0.6873 g/cm3, making it the only planet that can float on water!