It is impossible to determine who discovered Saturn, as it is one of five planets that are visible without the aid of instruments. Saturn has been widely observed by people for thousands of years, although its unique and... More »

Saturn is located 886 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers) from the sun. The sixth planet in the solar system, Saturn rotates on its axis once every 10.7 hours and orbits the sun once in 29 earth years, according to th... More »

From Earth, the planet Saturn looks like a tannish-beige colored sphere famously girdled by rings substantial enough to be seen through a small telescope. Its apparent magnitude of between +1.47 to ?0.24 makes Saturn a f... More »

Saturn formed according to one of two models: the core accretion model, which states that planets formed over time through gravitational forces drawing materials together, or the disk instability model, which states that... More »

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 »

Though there are competing theories about the formation of the planets, including Saturn, the most widely accepted theory in 2014 is that of core accretion. Gravity pulled elements in space together in clumps. The clump ... More » Science Astronomy Planets

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 » Science Astronomy Planets