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Saturn: A Fascinating Planet with Unique Characteristics and Enigmatic Moons

Saturn is the second-largest planet in the solar system. There are many features of Saturn that make it an interesting planet to study.

Saturn's the only plant in the solar system that has less density than water, it has a mean density of 0.687 grams per cubic centimeter. Saturn’s mass is about 95 times the Earth's mass. Saturn is also made out of hydrogen and helium, some of the lightest gasses in the universe. It is made up of approximately 75 percent hydrogen and 25 percent helium with some other substances as well. In fact, Saturn could float in your bathtub!

Usually, Saturn sends more heat into space than it collects from the Sun. It has large storms every thirty years. If you are on the northern part of the equator, you would see white objects in the sky which are called ammonia crystals, also known as the “Great White Spots.”

Saturn has 83 moons, 21 of which remain unconfirmed. One of Saturn's moons is called the Titan, it is the second largest moon in the Solar System. It's only 73.8 miles from the largest moon, Ganymede, which is Jupiter’s moon. Titan has a diameter of 3,199.7 miles wide and Ganymede has a diameter of 3,275.5 miles wide. The icy surface of Titan has outstanding lakes of gas methane and resemblance to the Earth.

Saturn has many interesting features including its density and mass along with its moons. Learning about the planets in our solar system can allow for a better understanding of life outside of Earth.

[Source: Planetarium, space.com, The European Space Agency, NASA.]

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