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~≈♥Saturn♥≈~

Cassini captured a series of images that have been composed into this large global natural color vi

Saturn was the most distant of the five planets known to the ancients. In 1610, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was the first to gaze at Saturn through a telescope. To his surprise, he saw a pair of objects on either side of the planet. He sketched them as separate spheres, thinking that Saturn was triple-bodied. Continuing his observations over the next few years, Galileo drew the lateral bodies as arms or handles attached to Saturn. In 1659, Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens, using a more powerful telescope than Galileo's, proposed that Saturn was surrounded by a thin, flat ring. In 1675, Italian-born astronomer Jean-Dominique Cassini discovered a division between what are now called the A and B rings. It is now known that the gravitational influence of Saturn's moon Mimas is responsible for the Cassini Division, which is 4,800 km (3,000 miles) wide.
Just the Facts
Metric | English | Scientific Notation
Orbit Size (semi-major axis): 1,426,666,422 km
Mean Radius: 58,232 km
Volume: 827,129,915,150,897 km 3
Mass: 568,319,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg


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