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Saturn is the sixth planet
from the Sun and the second largest.
In Roman mythology, Saturn is the god of agriculture.
- Known Satellites:
Pan is the innermost of Saturn's known satellites.
In Greek mythology Pan the god of shepherds and flocks.
Atlas is the second of Saturn's known satellites.
In Greek mythology Atlas is a Titan condemned to bear the world upon
as punishment for attempting to storm the heavens.
Prometheus is the third of Saturn's known satellites.
In Greek mythology Prometheus was a Titan who stole fire from the
gods and gave it to
Pandora is the fourth of Saturn's known satellites.
In Greek mythology Pandora was the first woman on earth. She was
Prometheus, bearing a jar which she was not to open. When she did,
all evil contained
escaped, except for one thing: Hope.
Epimetheus is the fifth of Saturn's known satellites.
In Greek mythology Epimetheus was the brother of Prometheus and
Janus is the sixth of Saturn's known satellites.
In Roman mythology Janus was the god of gates and doorways,
Mimas is the seventh of Saturn's known satellites.
In Greek mythology Mimas was a giant, slain by Heracles.
Enceladus is the eighth of Saturn's known satellites.
In Greek mythology Enceladus was a giant who was killed by a
lightning bolt sent by
Zeus and buried beneath Mount Etna by Athena.
Tethys is the ninth of Saturn's known satellites.
In Greek mythology Tethys was the personification of the fertile
ocean; wife of
Telesto is the tenth of Saturn's known satellites.
In Greek mythology Telesto was a sea nymph, a daughter of Oceanus
Calypso is the eleventh of Saturn's known satellites.
In Greek mythology Calypso was a nymph who held Odysseus prisoner on
Ogygia for seven years.
Dione is the twelfth of Saturn's known satellites.
In Greek mythology Dione was the mother of Aphrodite by Zeus,
according to some
Helene is the thirteenth of Saturn's known satellites.
In Greek mythology Helene was an Amazon who battled with Achilles.
Rhea is the fourteenth of Saturn's known satellites and the second
In Greek mythology Rhea was the mother of the gods, sister and wife
Titan is the fifteenth of Saturn's known satellites and the largest.
In Greek mythology the Titans were a race of god-like giants, the
the forces of nature.
Hyperion is the sixteenth of Saturn's known satellites.
In Greek mythology Hyperion was a Titan, father of the sun-god Helios.
Iapetus is the seventeenth of Saturn's known satellites and the
In Greek mythology Iapetus, a Titan and father of Atlas, Prometheus,
Phoebe is the outermost of Saturn's known satellites. Phoebe is
almost 4 times more
distant from Saturn than its nearest neighbor (Iapetus).
In Greek mythology Phoebe is a Titaness, wife of Coeus and mother of
Saturn was the farthest planet
from the Sun (and Earth)
as known to the Ancients,
and he was regarded
as the “Greater Malefic”, so it was seen as a very negative influence. Today we
regard it a
bit more philosophically; in other words, the Reality (Saturn) which we create,
through cyclical testing phases, to see if what we have built for ourselves is
in our lives. Saturn asks: is it practical? is it feasible? have you planned for
this? do you really need this? what are
your contigency plans for emergencies? Saturn's position shows where you have
to face tests and setbacks; there is a need to examine one's motives toward the
house affairs, for your past attitude and approach to those house affairs has
been incorrect (speaking in terms of past lives).
The natural ruler of Capricorn
(and Aquarius to
Saturn represents limitations, restrictions, challenges, and the lessons we all
through. Saturn shows how we discipline ourselves through effort and hard work;
clues to type of work we do and the type of obstacles we come up against. It embodies
the qualities of responsibility, stability, and conservatism, and is represented
figures, a father-figure, a teacher, an older person.
Physically, Saturn rules the
bones, teeth, knees,
skin, gall bladder, calcium balance, paralysis, and the right ear.
For colors, gemstones, and metals, Capricorn is associated
with black, brown, dark green, gray, maroon, and purple; the stone of garnet
(once only worn by royalty); and the metal of lead.
- Mean distance from Sun: 9.54 AU; 1,425,600,000
- Diameter: 120,000 km (72,000 mi)
- Equatorial radius .. 60,268 km
- Mass: 95.15 Earths (surface gravity is 17% greater
- Density: 0.69 grams per cubic centimeter
- Surface temperature: -274 F
- Mean cloud temperature: -125°C
- Wind speeds: Up to ~400 m/s (30 deg. latitude)
- Atmospheric pressure (bars).. 1.4
- Atmospheric composition: Molecular hydrogen - 89%;
Helium - 11%
Minor (ppm): Methane - ~3000; Ammonia - ~200; Ethane - ~2
- Aerosols: Ammonia ice, water ice, ammonia hydrosulfide
- Orbital speed has a mean of 6 mi/sec
- Orbital period: 29 years, 168 days
- Mean orbital velocity: 9.67 km/sec
- Rotational period 10 hours and 14 minutes
- Tilt of axis: 25.33°
Saturn is perhaps the best known and recognized
astronomical object by picture.
Even though Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune all have rings, they are feeble and impossible
to see from Earth under most circumstances. Saturn's rings, however, have been
seen for centuries. They are so bright and broad that even a small telescope can
sometimes detect them. The rings consist of billions of particles (probably water
and methane ice) ranging from a few centimeters to a few meters in diameter. There
are three major ring systems, separated by the Cassini division (outer) and the
Encke division (inner).
As a planet, Saturn is very much like Jupiter, a
gas world made mostly of hydrogen,
with helium, ammonia, and methane gases as well. It is the next planet out beyond
Jupiter, the sixth planet from the Sun. It has one-third the mass of Jupiter,
but almost a hundred times the mass of the Earth, so it is another giant planet.
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