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Saturn is a large, bright planet, and according to NASA, it has been known to humankind since ancient times. The first person to view Saturn through a telescope, Galileo Galilei, was also the first person to ever see the... More »

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The first four of Saturn's moons were discovered by Christiaan Huygens and Giovanni Domenico Cassini between 1655 and 1684. As of 2014, Saturn has 53 confirmed moons and nine provisional moons. More »

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Unlike many planets and stars, Saturn doesn't have a universally recognized date of discovery. Because Saturn is visible with the naked eye, its existence was known by ancient civilizations. Ancient Greeks named the plan... More »

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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 atmo... More »

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Scientists are not sure how or when Saturn got its rings, according to NASA. One theory states that comets, asteroids and meteoroids collided with Saturn’s moons, and they all shattered into pieces. The broken pieces the... More »

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Unlike many planets and stars, Saturn doesn't have a universally recognized date of discovery. Because Saturn is visible with the naked eye, its existence was known by ancient civilizations. Ancient Greeks named the plan... More »

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Although Saturn has seven ring groups, scientists do not know exactly how many rings are around the planet. This is because the ring groups are made up of thousands of smaller rings, according to the Cool Cosmos website ... More »

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