Saturn is one of the most recognizable planets in our solar system. Here are five cool facts.
Five Facts About the Ringed Gas Giant Planet
Published: August 7, 2019
Onscreen: Five facts about Saturn
1. Saturn is the second-largest planet in the solar system.
Diameter: ~72,367 miles
Mass: ~95x Earth's mass
Distance from the Sun: ~934 million miles
2. Saturn’s rings are 30 feet thick on average. But in some places, they’re up to 2 miles high.
3. The rings are younger than scientists once thought. When dinosaurs roamed the Earth, millions of years ago, Saturn was ringless.
4. 5,000 miles down into Saturn's atmosphere, the pressure is strong enough to transform graphite rain into diamonds. But these gems are eventually destroyed by even higher pressures father below.
5. Saturn can’t support life as we know it. But some of its moons, like Enceladus, have conditions that might.
Learn more about Saturn. Stream "The Planets: Saturn" online or on the app.
Digital Producer: Ana Aceves
Additional footage: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute, NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
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