What is Saturn?

  • (noun): A giant planet which is surrounded by three planar concentric rings of ice particles; 6th planet from the sun.
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Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest planet in the Solar System, after Jupiter. Named after the Roman god Saturn, its astronomical symbol (♄) represents the god's sickle. Saturn is a gas giant with an average radius about nine times that of Earth. While only one-eighth the average density of Earth, with its larger volume Saturn is just over 95 times more massive than Earth.

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Magnetosphere Of Saturn - Dynamics - Aurorae
... Saturn has bright polar aurorae, which have been observed in the ultraviolet, visible and near infrared light ... Unlike Jupiter's, the Saturn's main auroral ovals are not related to the breakdown of the co–rotation of the plasma in the outer parts of the planet's magnetosphere ... The aurorae on Saturn are thought to be connected to the reconnection of the magnetic field under the influence of the Solar wind (Dungey cycle), which drives an upward current (about 10 ...
Magnetosphere Of Saturn
... The magnetosphere of Saturn is the cavity created in the flow of the solar wind by the planet's internally generated magnetic field ... Discovered in 1979 by the Pioneer 11 spacecraft, Saturn's magnetosphere is the second largest of any planet in the Solar System after Jupiter ... The magnetopause, the boundary between Saturn's magnetosphere and the solar wind, is located at a distance of about 20 Saturn radii from the planet's center, while ...
Saturn, Romania
... Saturn is a summer resort on the Romanian seacoast, on the Black Sea, 1 km (0.62 mi) north of Mangalia ... Olimp Neptun Jupiter Cap Aurora Venus Saturn Mangalia 2 Mai Vama Veche Coordinates 43°49′36″N 28°35′20″E / 43.82667°N 28.58889°E / 43.82667 28.58889 ...
Magnetosphere Of Saturn - Dynamics
... The processes driving Saturn's magnetosphere are similar to those driving Earth's and Jupiter's ... is dominated by plasma co–rotation and mass–loading from Io, so Saturn's magnetosphere is dominated by plasma co–rotation and mass–loading from Enceladus ... However, Saturn's magnetosphere is much smaller in size, while its inner region contains too little plasma to seriously distend it and create a large magnetodisk ...
Hyrrokkin (moon)
... Hyrrokkin ( /ˌhɪˈrɒkɨn/ hirr-ROK-ən) or Saturn XLIV (provisional designation S/2004 S 19) is a natural satellite of Saturn ... Hyrrokkin is about 8 kilometres in diameter, and orbits Saturn at an average distance of 18,168.3 Mm in 914.292 days, at an inclination of 153.3° to the ecliptic (154.3° to Saturn's equator), in a ...

More definitions of "Saturn":

  • (noun): (Roman mythology) god of agriculture and vegetation; counterpart of Greek Cronus.
    Example: "Saturday is Saturn's Day"

Famous quotes containing the word saturn:

    Test of the poet is knowledge of love,
    For Eros is older than Saturn or Jove;
    Never was poet, of late or of yore,
    Who was not tremulous with love-lore.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    The forehead and the little ears
    Have gone where Saturn keeps the years;
    The breast where roses could not live
    Has done with rising and with falling.
    Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935)

    It is marvelous indeed to watch on television the rings of Saturn close; and to speculate on what we may yet find at galaxy’s edge. But in the process, we have lost the human element; not to mention the high hope of those quaint days when flight would create “one world.” Instead of one world, we have “star wars,” and a future in which dumb dented human toys will drift mindlessly about the cosmos long after our small planet’s dead.
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925)