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This is an image of Saturn compared with that of the Earth.
Image from: NASA

A Comparison of Saturn and the Earth.

Saturn is the second largest planet in the solar system, much larger than Earth. It is mostly made of hydrogen. The table below gives a comparison of characteristics of Saturn relative to Earth values.

Characteristic Relative to Earth
(Earth = 1)
Absolute Value
Mass 95 5.7x10**29 (kg)
Radius 9.5 60,268 km
Mean Density ----- 0.69 g/cm**3
Rotation Period 10.2 Earth hours -----
Mean Orbital
Distance
9.5 AU 1,427 x 10**6 km
Orbital Period 29.46 Earth years -----
Orbital eccentricity ----- 0.0461
Inclination to
ecliptic (degrees)
----- 2.49
Atmospheric
Temperature
----- -350F

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