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What does Saturn's name mean?

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Saturn was named after the ancient Roman god of agriculture, who was the father of Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto, Juno, Ceres and Vesta. His name in Greek mythology is Cronos.

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In Greek and Roman mythology, Saturn is said to have ruled Earth during the Golden Age: a period of happiness, virtue and social egalitarianism written about by Ovid and Hesiod. The Romans celebrated this god in a festival called Saturnalia every year in late December; this celebration involved a sacrifice and festivities mimicking those of the Golden Age. Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun, has 21 known moons and is the second largest in the solar system.

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