Saturn is the sixth of nine planets in our solar system and is one of the outer "gas giant" planets. It is not believed to have a solid surface.
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Saturn has no solid surface, so only atmospheric features such as light cloud zones and dark belts are visible. Once every year, a short-lived storm called the Great White Spot is visible.
Both poles of Saturn have intense long-lived cyclone storms. The north pole also features the Hexagon, which is a unique standing-wave cloud pattern.
Saturn has a large, complex, and visually stunning ring system comprised of rings, ring arcs, and gaps. A number of moons play a role in either shepherding/constraining rings (shepherd moons) or in providing source material for moons (ring maker moons).
Saturn has 145 known moons, with Titan being the largest. The largest six moons are shown, all of which can be seen through a telescope. For information on all 145 moons, see Moons of Saturn. In addition, there are thousands of small "propeller" moonlets believed to be embedded in the A ring.
Planet sizes are to relative scale.
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day = 0.44
year = 29.4
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Two things are infinite - the universe and human stupidity;
and I'm not sure about the universe.
- Albert Einstein