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Saturn is a planet in our solar system with the following traits:

Size: 75,000 miles wide (120,000 km)

Location in Solar System: 6th planet from the sun

Distance from Sun: 888 million miles (1.43 billion km)

Year (length of revolution around sun): 29 earth years

Day (length of rotation): 11 hours (earth time)

Landscape: Saturn is one of our gas giants. It has a rock core that is surrounded by hydrogen and helium in solid and liquid form. The outside layer is a thick cloud of gas. It is a very windy planet, which is why the outside looks streaked with color. It spins around on its axis at breakneck speed. Saturn has rings that you can see through a telescope. Its rings are only about 30 feet (10 m) wide. They are made of dusty ice chunks that orbit around Saturn. Saturn's gravity keeps the ice chunks from spreading out.

Moons: 18 moons

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Next Generation Science Standards Connection

ESS1. A  The universe  and its stars
ESS1. B   Earth and the solar system
Patterns of movement of the sun, moon, and stars as seen from Earth can be bserved, described, and predicted has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.