Saturn

Planet Properties (Orbit and Rotation based on Earth's days/hours/minutes)

Distance to Sun: 885,904,700 miles

Equatorial radius: 37,449 miles

Equatorial circumference: 235,298 miles

Length of year(Orbit): 29.4 Earth years

Length of day(Rotation): 10.656 Earth hours

Axial tilt: 26.73 degrees

Number of moons: 63

Pale-yellow Saturn is the most distinctive planet due to its impressive ring system. It is second in size to Jupiter. Like Jupiter, its visible surface is its outer atmosphere, and it has a large family of moons. Saturn is also the most distant planet that is normally visible to the naked eye.

Ringed world
Saturn's rings reflect sunlight well, making them and the planet easy to see. But those rings we readily see are only part of the system; much fainter rings extend to about four times as far from the planet. Saturn is tilted relative to its orbit, so as it travels, first one hemishpere, then the other, is tilted sunward. This gives Saturn seasons and offers a changing view from Earth.

Main rings
Saturn's readily-seen ring system comprises three distinct rings: A, B, and C. These are made of ringlets, which in turn are made of pieces of dirty water-ice. The Cassini division, seen from Earth as an empty gap, is in fact full of ringlets.

Dragon storm
In September 2004, an area in the southern hemisphere known for its storms and dubbed "storm alley" was the setting for a giant thunderstorm. Dragon Storm- the reddish feature above the center in this false-color image - seems to be a long-lived storm that periodically flares up.

Moons of Saturn:

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