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What are some fun facts about Saturn?

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Humans have long been fascinated by Saturn's ring system. Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun. It's a gas giant, as it's made mostly of hydrogen and helium and is much bigger than Earth. Scientists believe Saturn may have a rocky core.

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Modern technology has allowed humans to discover the complexity of Saturn's rings. There are seven rings that circle the planet at different rates, and they're made largely of ice. They are braided and have rings within rings or spokes within the rings that orbit Saturn at a different speed than the rest of the material. They can also form ridges and bumps that can be more than 2 miles high. There are two moons that orbit the planet in the Encke and Keeler gaps of the rings.

The rings reach about 175,000 miles into space, but on average, they're only about 3,200 feet thick. The main rings have been named A, B and C, and the largest gap between them is the 2,920-mile-wide Cassini gap between A and B.

Saturn also has 53 moons. The largest one is Titan, the solar system's second largest moon behind Jupiter's Ganymede. Saturn may have nine more satellites, whose existence await confirmation.

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