How Hot or Cold Is Saturn?

How Hot or Cold Is Saturn?

Saturn's temperature is minus 288 degrees Fahrenheit. Since Saturn is a gas-giant planet, it does not have a solid surface. It's atmosphere is composed mainly of hydrogen and helium.

Saturn cannot support life, but some of the planet's 53 moons may have conditions favorable for sustainable life. Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun, some 886 million miles away. One day on Saturn is slightly under 11 hours. This is the time it takes for Saturn to rotate once. One Earth year is equal to 29 years on Saturn because this is how long it takes Saturn to complete one orbit around the sun.

Galileo studied Saturn in the 1600s and first thought Saturn's rings were arms or handles. The planets has a total of seven rings with several gaps between them.