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How far is Saturn from the Sun?
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Saturn is the sixth closest planet to the Sun.

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Saturn is about 885.9 million miles or 1.5 billion kilometers from the Sun.

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Saturn is 9.54 AU* from the Sun.

 

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How big is Saturn? (What is its diameter?)
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Saturn is about 10 times larger than Earth.

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Saturn's diameter is 120,660 kilometers.

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Saturn's diameter is 74,898 miles at the equator.

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Saturn is the second largest planet.

 

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What is Saturn like?
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Saturn is known as a "gas giant" planet.

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Saturn has many rings surrounding it. The rings are up to 165,000 miles in diameter, but only 150 feet thick.

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Saturn has an atmosphere of hydrogen and helium.

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Saturn's interior is similar to Jupiter's.

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It has a liquid hydrogen layer, a metal hydrogen layer, and metal-rock core.

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Saturn has 56 moons (12/2006). Only 35 of them are named.

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At 1000 miles per hour, Saturn has some of the strongest winds in the Solar System. Neptune's are also this fast.

 
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Why is this planet named Saturn?
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Saturn is named for the Roman god of farming.

 
bulletCan we see this planet in the sky?
bulletYes.  Check the Sky Maps to see if it is visible now.

 

*One AU is the distance from the center of the Earth to the center of the Sun.

Information on this page was taken from the following websites:

The-Solar-System.Net

Links to Other Sites

bulletExplore a Planet - Saturn
bullet Astronomy for Kids

Books and References

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Time for Kids Almanac 2003 with Information Please. NY: Time for Kids Books, 2002. RL 4.5 Dewey 031.02
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Farndon, John. The Giant Book of Space. Brookfield,CT: Copper Beech Bks, 2000. RL 4.5 Dewey 523.4

Other Links to Sites

Nine Planets - Saturn

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