Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest in the Solar System.
Saturn and Jupiter are gas giants; the other two giant planets, Uranus and Neptune are ice giants.
Saturn is named after the Roman god of agriculture and it's astronomical symbol represents the god's sickle.
The planet's most famous feature is its prominent ring system, composed mostly of ice particles,
with a smaller amount of rocky debris and dust.
Saturn in Astronomy
- Saturn's diameter ranges from 108,723 - 120,536 kms
- Circumference around Saturn 365,882 kms
- Saturn has 62 Moons and 30+ known Rings (in 7 groups)
- Notable Moons are Titan, Rhea, Iapetus, Dione, Tethys and Enceladus
- Orbit distance - 1,426,666,422 kms
- Orbit period - 10,755.70 Earth days (29.45 Earth years)
- Surface temperature of Saturn is -139 degrees celcius
- Length of day is 10.5 Earth hours
- Length of year is 29.4 Earth years
- First recorded - 8th century BC by Assyrian astronomers
Saturn in Astrology
- Rules Capricorn and the 10th House
- Spends around 2.5 year in each Sign
Saturn is a Social / Teacher Planet and is concerned with the development of self-discipline, of self-respect, and
of faith in one's destiny. Saturn works through us when we make peace with solitude, to build character and achieve mastery over challenges and tasks.
Saturn urges us to defend our integrity, to move toward safety and security through tangible achievement,
to commit, mature, acquire patience and be accountable.
- In what arena of life must I learn to act alone?
- Where will a lack of self-discipline lead most quickly to sorrow?
- Where will my ability to dream and have faith be most severely tested?