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The Planet Saturn in Our Solar System

Saturn with four moons (Hubble by NASA)The planet Saturn is the farthest planet in the solar system that can be seen from Earth with the naked eye. One of the four gas giants, most of the time it's a bland cream color with faint bands, but it forms a Great White Spot storm system every year (about 30 Earth years) during its summer solstice.

Saturn's rings are the most famous part of this planet. Made of water ice in chunks from dust-sized to boulders, they extend over 140,000 kilometers away from the planet in over a dozen distinct bands. Saturn also has about 62 moons, some of them in orbit within the rings. The largest moon, Titan, has an atmosphere.

In the articles below, learn all about Saturn, its moons and ring system, and about our explorations of Saturn from Earth - history and current missions like the Cassini mission.

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