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Unraveling the mysteries of Saturn

03-20-2020


Unraveling the mysteries of Saturn Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center presents a new Hubble Space Telescope view of Saturn.

The planet’s rings can be observed in unprecedented detail, and amber colors caused by summer smog are also clearly visible. 

Beneath the haze, there are clouds of ammonia ice crystals and deeper unseen lower-level clouds of ammonium hydrosulfide and water.

According to NASA scientists, Saturn’s banded structure is created by winds and clouds at different altitudes. 

This image was captured by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 on June 20, 2019, when Saturn made its closest approach to Earth at about 845 million miles away. 1-5 Saturn Facts. 1. Saturn’s moon Titan has such a dense atmosphere  and such a low gravity (0.138G) that if you strapped wings to your hands you could easily fly. 2. Saturn’s sixth-largest moon, has a warm ocean with ongoing hydrothermal activity. The first ever discovered outside of Earth.

Also Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar seem but Earth is the densest. Saturn is the second-largest, but it is the least dense, in fact, Saturn can float on a pool large enough to accommodate it. The equatorial circumference is 227,349 miles, about nine times that of the Earth. Unraveling the mysteries of Saturn as shown above in the video shows the large size of this planet. Therefore a pretty big difference between mars and Saturn. Also you can actually see that Saturn looks a little squashed in pictures.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

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