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Saturn Statistics

Planetary Symbol: Name in Roman/Greek Mythology: Saturn/Cronus
Diameter: 119,871 km (74,500 miles) Rotation Period about Axis: 10.67 hrs
Mass: 568.5x10^24 kilograms (95 x Earth's) Revolution Period about the Sun: 29.5 years
Density: 687 kg/m^3 Tilt of Axis: 26o 42"
Minimum Distance from Sun: 1.35 billion km
(840 million miles)
Surface Gravity: 8.96 m/s^2 (0.92 x Earth's)
Maximum Distance from Sun: 1.5 billion km
(938 million miles)
Temperature at Cloud Tops: -170o C (-274o F)
Orbital Semimajor Axis: 9.53 AU (Earth=1 AU) Average Cloud Top Temperature (K): 103K
Minimum Distance from Earth: 1.2 billion km
(746 million miles)
Satellites/Rings: known moons, many rings

Saturn Image Archive

Comparative Planetary Statistics -- in table form

Comparative Orbital Statistics -- in table form

Actual Distance to Earth

News from NSF: A Newly Discovered Solar System Contains Scaled-Down Versions of Saturn and Jupiter (2/14/08)

Podcasts from NSF: Systemic Search

Last modified September 25, 2009 by Eduardo Araujo-Pradere.

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