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Composition 97% Hydrogen gas, about 3% helium gas and about 0.05% methane, plus ammonia. You could not stand on the surface because it's gaseous. Saturn's Rings Saturn's rings can be seen with even a small telescope. A larger telescope show that there are multiple rings. What are the rings made of? The rings are made of chunks of rock and ice -- some just tiny pieces of dust, some more than half a mile (one km) across. How big are the Rings Very wide: 150,000 miles in diameter but very thin: only a few hundred yards thick. Where did they come from? We don't know! Maybe they're left over material from when the planet formed. Perhaps they're the remains of moons that were destroyed when impacted by other bodies Saturn has no solid surface. It is several layers of gases and liquid metallic compounds. The temperature at the top of the clouds on Saturn's surface averages -285 degrees F. system of rings, moons, atmosphere, magnetosphere, clouds, storms, lightning and radio emission. Saturn is similar to Jupiter in that it is a gas world made up of mostly hydrogen and helium, with smaller amounts of methane, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and other materials. Some facts about Saturn: · Saturn is 10 times farther from the Sun than Earth is. The Earth is one “astronomical unit” from the Sun, that is, about 93,000,000 miles. Saturn is, therefore, nearly 10 astronomical units from the Sun, specifically, it is ~ 885,900,000 miles from the Sun. The Sun would look much smaller at Saturn than it does to us here on Earth. · The temperature in the cloud tops of Saturn is about -288 degrees Fahrenheit. · The amount of helium in Saturn is very similar to that in the Sun. · Lightning occurs in the clouds of Saturn. Lightning bolts in Saturn have been found to be a million times stronger than lightning that occurs in Earth’s atmosphere. The energy of this

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