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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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The particles that make up Saturn's rings range from the size of a grain of sand to the size of a large mountain. They are also very dynamic, and are constantly colliding with each other and fusing together. Saturn has 53 known moons, each with its own demonstrable orbit.

Saturn has the second largest moon in the solar system, known as Titan. Titan is so large that it warps the orbits of objects close to it. Saturn is the farthest planet from Earth that is visible to the naked human eye. It has approximately 95 times the mass of Earth.

Saturn's magnetic field is roughly 578 times more powerful than Earth's. Saturn's core is approximately 10 to 20 times as massive as Earth. A day on Saturn lasts for about 10.7 Earth hours, and the planet takes 29 Earth years to orbit the sun.

Because of Saturn's rapid rotation, it is noticeably flatter at its poles. It is 10 percent wider at its middle. It is so far away from the sun that it receives only 1/80th of the amount of sunlight we receive on Earth. Saturn's surface temperature is estimated to be -270 degrees Fahrenheit.

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