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Planet Overview - Saturn

In the solar system, Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun. It is also the second largest planet in the solar system following Jupiter. In 1610, Galileo first discovered Saturn with his telescope, but he didn't realize it had rings until looking at it a second time. Find out more cool info about this ringed planet right here!

Saturn - The Planet

In order to go around the Sun once, Saturn takes 30 Earth years. Since it rotates twice as fast as Earth, its winds can reach speeds of 1,120 miles! That could blow away anything on Earth. Saturn is made up of only hydrogen and helium gas, which makes it very light compared to Earth. It has a density of 0.69. This light-as-a-feather planet has 30 moons, more than any other planet. Titan, one of Saturn's moons, is the second largest moon in the solar system. The most familiar of Saturn's moons include Rhea, Iapetus, Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Hyperion and Phoebe.

Saturn's CompositionSaturn's Composition

Saturn - The Rings

Saturn is known for its rings - all together it has seven. The ones that we can see from earth (using a telescope) are the two big rings and one faint one. We can see Saturn's rings because they are the brightest when compared to any other planet. From Earth we see these beautiful rings that look like hula-hoops, but Saturn's rings are actually many particles all going around in orbit and aren't solid at all. Scientists say that the rings are composed mainly of ice particles. The rings are 250,000 km in diameter and are less than a kilometer thick. But Saturn is not the only planet with rings. In 1977, it was discovered that Uranus, Neptune and Jupiter all have rings around them but none are as visible as Saturn's many rings.

Saturn has 7 ringsSaturn has 7 rings

Saturn - Major Discovery

NASA, the American space agency, first visited Saturn with Pioneer 11 in 1979. This was followed by Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. Today, a NASA spacecraft called Cassini circles Saturn and will be doing this until 2007. On March 9, 2006, news came that water had been found on one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus. Pictures were taken showing that water was erupting out of the surface of the moon. This is significant because scientists have been looking to find other planets that may support life.

Saturn - Did U Know?

  • In Roman mythology, Saturn is the god of agriculture. In Greek mythology, Saturn is Cronus, the son of Uranus and Gaia. He is also the father of Jupiter who is also known as Zeus.
  • Ever wonder where the word Saturday comes from? Yup, your fave day of the week is also named for the god of agriculture.
  • Saturn could fit 750 earths into it.
  • One day on Saturn is about 10 Earth-hours.
  • To see Saturn in the night sky, look to the southeast and look for the brightest star. That's Saturn.
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"Wishyouweremehehe" wrote:Since the baby isn't fully developed at that point it can not feel, learn, think, remember etc. so aborting it up until that point is completely harmless cause the baby has yet to know anything its basically just a wad of cells like a tumor till about 6 months in term.  First off, thank you for the dedicated comment. I hope you'll be okay if my response is also as lengthy.  Secondly, most of what you said is false. By week sixteen of pregnancy, the baby's nervous system is developing. By the eighteenth week, the head can be distinguished from the rest of the body. At week 22, the baby's lungs are functioning correctly, the baby has hair, the baby can hear and distinguish sounds, and can also suck their thumb. Finally, by week 25, the nervous system is fully connected from the brain to the rest of the body.  An abortion at the end of six months would be at the 26th week of pregnancy.  "Wishyouweremehehe" wrote:Aborting a baby in those months is literally like throwing away an egg that happened to grow No, it would be like breaking the egg and ripping the baby bird inside limb from limb...which is what an abortion is. The baby is in an egg, and then it's shredded and sucked out. It's not wrong to throw away the egg of a chicken, just as it's not wrong to eat a hen. However, we can agree that it is wrong to eat a human being. Clearly, there's a big difference between humans and animals, so you can't make these sorts of analogies.  "Wishyouweremehehe" wrote: in the United States thousands of people go bankrupt from medical bills including bills for child birth (which is ridiculous I don't think anyone should be charged for giving birth, thank god for canada's medical system) and that can put the mother out on the street homeless with a baby Thousands of people go bankrupt from medical bills if they have a very sick child, that doesn't give them a right to kill their kid does it?  "Wishyouweremehehe" wrote:Having a baby isn't a good option for everyone, think about girls in school or college who get forced or whose partner convinces them not to use protection and then run out on them? If a woman is forced into pregnancy, I find it a moral disaster. I think that the father should be brought to justice. But, the mother still has the responsibility of being a mother, no matter how fair or unfair it may be for her. The responsibility has been thrust upon her, it should not have been, but killing a child to unburden the mother is just as unjustified as the #### itself.  Now, if a woman is convinced into not using protection, then it is her choice to shoulder the consequences. She consented.  "Wishyouweremehehe" wrote:. And what about Mothers who just don't want that stress on their body? Cause birth is painful and exhausting and it can physically change a person. Then they should not have chosen to get pregnant in the first place, of if they were forced, then killing a child is still not a justifiable means to end her discomfort.  "Wishyouweremehehe wrote:And what of the girls who it would possibly die when giving birth ? Then a doctor should determine which human life is more viable, and make every effort to save that life.  "Wishyouweremehehe wrote:I strongly believe that no one should be able to force a person to something with their own body that they don't want to, now I don't exactly recommend abortion but I believe a woman would know when its a good time or not for her to have a baby. And by "their own body", you're referring to the body inside a mother, right? See, there's another living being inside of the mother, and what she does with her body effects her son/daughter directly.  Also, what do you mean by a "good time" to have a baby? That's so subjective. You want to hinge a baby's life on how a mother feels?  "Wishyouweremehehe" wrote:If a man can walk out of a pregnancy so can a woman. Sorry, but that's just not true, for the very fact that a man doesn't get pregnant and a woman does. The situations are different. 
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