Saturday, 15 February 2014

Myths and Rings

So for the past few days we have been talking about planets in our Solar System, next one up is Saturn (the Universe liked Saturn so much it put a ring on it.. *sigh* I'm sorry). It is the sixth planet from the Sun and is one of the most stunning planets to look at due to it's ring system (we'll get to that). It's pretty massive, being 95 times heavier than the Earth and is a gas giant, like Jupiter. It's made mostly of Hydrogen, Helium and crystal Ammonia (which gives Saturn it's orangey colour). The North pole of Saturn seems to have a cloud in the shape of a hexagon, which is the first time anything like this had been observed in the Universe.

In this picture Saturn is being backlight from the Sun.

Saturn has been observed from ancient times, but it's only been in the last few hundred years that we have realised that Saturn has had a ring system. The rings are mostly made of ice and rock, and consist of lots of tiny pieces which can range from tiny particles to massive boulders! They have often been described as Saturn's ears, and there are many different rings within the whole shape. These rings are probably gonna be a blog post on there on soon, but I think they are one of the prettiest sights in the solar system.

Saturn has many moons that are interesting and very different, but it also has the biggest moon in the solar system. The moon Titan is bigger than the planet Mercury, it is thought that Titan may once have been a separate planet that has been attracted to Saturn's gravity and ended up orbiting it. Titan is the only body in the solar system that we have observed a liquid on! We have observed liquid Methane (no one farted) on Titan and even seen Methane rain. Titan is one of the front runners of possible life in our galaxy!

What do you think of Saturn? Is there any Astronomy/Science things you want me to to talk about?


  1. OMG! Amazing blog - beauty AND astronomy! Love it! I'd love for you to explain "black holes" - it's just so much mystery surrounding them (for me at least ;) ) and I'd love someone explain me to them in a simple language. :)

    1. Well check back on Monday.. Thanks for the lovely comment!