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What color is Saturn?

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Saturn is described as having a yellowish-brown color. This is due to the presence of trace amounts of ammonia, hydrocarbons, water vapor and phosphine in its atmosphere.

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Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest in the Solar System, with Jupiter being the largest planet. It is considered a gas giant because it is primarily comprised of hydrogen and helium gas and does not have a solid surface. As of 2014, Saturn has 62 known moons orbiting around it. The planet has an extensive system of seven rings and thousands of ringlets.

One day on Saturn lasts 10.7 hours, which is the time it takes to complete one rotation on its axis. It takes the planet 29 years to orbit around the Sun, which makes one year on Saturn equal 29 Earth years.

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    Who named Saturn?

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    Saturn has been observed with the naked eye since prehistoric times, so it is not possible to know who named it first. Roman astronomers named it Saturnus after their god of agriculture and the father of Jove, which translates to Saturn in English.

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    Is Saturn hot or cold?

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    Saturn is a mostly cold planet, with areas that reach temperatures as low as minus 270 F. There are some regions of the planet that feature temperatures of 80 F, but these remain unfriendly, having an extremely high atmospheric pressure.

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    How old is Saturn?

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    Saturn, like the rest of the planets in the solar system, was formed a little over four and a half billion years ago. The planets formed from a spinning cloud of gas and dust that was leftover from the creation of the sun.

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    What are notable facts about Saturn?

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    The most notable thing about the planet Saturn is the ring formation that encircles it. Saturn's seven rings are mostly made of ice and rock. Saturn is a gas giant and so has no solid surface.

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