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Saturn

(second largest planet in the solar system)

Saturn is the second largest planet in the solar system and the fifth planet counting outward from the Sun. It is known for having a ring system: flat, visible rings of material around it, within the plane of its equator. (Similar but lesser ring systems have been detected around other solar system planets now that space probes have viewed them from nearby. ) To some extent, Saturn's ring system has served as a physical example of an astrophysical disk, close enough for detailed study. Among Saturn's 80+ known moons are Titan, Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Rhea, Iapetus, and Hyperion. Characteristics of Saturn:

Space missions to Saturn have included Pioneer, Voyager, and Cassini. Its distance from Earth limits the number of such missions. The Cassini mission was long and extensive and vastly increased our knowledge about Saturn and its moons, and revealed Enceladus to be a prime candidate for extraterrestrial life. Plans developed for possible future Saturn-system missions include Dragonfly and Enceladus Life Finder.


(planet,solar system)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn
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Referenced by pages:
astronomical symbol
axisymmetric
Cassini
10199 Chariklo
circumplanetary disk
convection zone
Dragonfly
Enceladus
Enceladus Life Finder (ELF)
equilibrium temperature (Teq)
extra-solar planet
gas giant
gas planet
giant planet
gravity sounding
Hadley cell
helium rain
Hyperion
ice giant
J1407
J2
Kepler-16b
magnetic field
magnitude
metal
metallic hydrogen
moment of inertia factor
moon
Neptune
obliquity
planetary protection
polar cyclone
pulsar timing array (PTA)
radiation belt
radiation zone
ring system
Roche limit
rotation period
supercritical fluid (SCF)
shepherd moon
solar day
spiral density wave
superrotating wind
tidal heating
tidal migration
Titan
Titius-Bode law
TiNy Titans (TNT)
transit
Uranus
Voyager
zone

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