It is hard to accurately determine the high and low temperatures on Saturn, as it is made of three bands of gas clouds instead of solid ground. The innermost band is thought to be approximately 134 degrees Fahrenheit, while the outer band is estimated to be -280 degrees.
The reason for these differences in temperature is that Saturn receives little to no heat from the sun. Instead, the majority of the planet's heat radiates out from within its core. Saturn has a horizontal temperature gradient, as opposed to Earth's vertical gradient. The horizontal gradient also means that there is only a minor temperature difference between Saturn's equator and poles.Learn More
Since Saturn is visible to the naked eye, it has been known of for thousands of years. Saturn has names in several ancient cultures; it was called Kronos by the ancient Greeks, Shabbathai by the Hebrews and Navagrahas by Hindu cultures.Full Answer >
Saturn is a large, bright planet, and according to NASA, it has been known to humankind since ancient times. The first person to view Saturn through a telescope, Galileo Galilei, was also the first person to ever see the planet's famous rings.Full Answer >
A day on Saturn is 10.7 Earth hours long, which is the amount of time it takes for the planet to make a complete rotation on it axis. Saturn makes a full orbit around the sun in a period of time equal to 29 Earth years. Saturn is about 886 million miles from the sun and is the sixth furthest planet in the solar system.Full Answer >
Saturn would provide a hostile environment for most of the life found on Earth, according to Fraser Cain of Universe Today. It could not be inhabited by humans without extensive protection.Full Answer >